The job search isn't going too well. I got one interview last month and no follow up. I was looking into Canada but finances mean I have one opportunity left, and if nothing comes from that I'll give up on it unless I get temporary employment before the end of this year. The UK and an English-speaking job in Europe are still options if an opportunity presents itself. I could also consider internships through the Job-Bridge program if I get a CNC related position or similar. That would be nice if I can't get any proper employment in the mean time because it would get me training and experience that I still seem to be lacking. I might look into a complete change in career. I have ideas for that but limited options. We'll see how things pan out.
Another way of making myself more employable is going for a driving licence almost 20 years after I became the age to apply. It was one of those things that I kept procrastinating. I finally arranged driving lessons yesterday and I start Monday morning. That will open up opportunities for me beyond factory work... I hope! I checked my learner permit as well and it expires October of this year so I have to take lessons before it's too late. I've driven tractors and forklifts before, so it should give me a good basis from which to start. But the things that I'm most anxious about when it comes to learning to drive a car are: a) maintaining concentration, b) being aware enough of my surroundings and, to a lesser extent, c) having the coordination for the gear changes. The guy that's going to be teaching me is fully registered with D.I.R. Ireland and the Road Safety Authority and his driving school claims to have a good pass rate for the driving test on it's website. So hopefully I made the right choice.