JOB: Project Coordinator WAGE: 26k (37.5hr) Worth It: Yes/No Firstly what is my job: I manage a support project for a charity with 5 full-time staff members + a few part-time staff - I am seriously considering my role at the moment. YES: • I manage a great team, we do truly meaningful work and we honestly change lives for the better. • An ever smaller part of my job involves helping people find work, now this isn't a DWP/JCP contract kind of 'find work', we have no contract, no qutoa and no people forced to see us. • We help to build up peoples lives (often from the lowest run) and a real part of that is encouraging them to work - without going into too much detail I personally get around 100 people a year into employment which is very rewarding. • Examples; yeah some pople will drop in for that run of the mill stuff like careers advice and maybe a CV. But it's not unusual for me to be helping people overcome drug related support needs, or to be assisting a women to leave a domestic abuse situation and find shelter, i.e. WE ARE NOT A JOBCENTRE PROJECT, sorry, I hate JCP schemes, you see the waste and cherry picking from the inside and it's disheartening. • When I began the project 3 years ago, I was the only employee, it has £10,00 to work with (my wages + site costs) and 3 months to run! I've built it to where we are now and am damn proud of it. NO: • We are part of a larger regional charity and they really don't reconise our work very well or indeed seem to actually know what the project does, we bring in enough funding to keep going and produce amazing results - but that's as far as they see. We've a caring bunch and get fulfilling jobs, but it would be good for an occasional nod from the hierarchy (for example I've met our cheif exc only once!), especially as I feel the need to defend our employer to my team on occasion and can't say I do so hole heartedly. • Too much of my time is now devoted to managment, I've definately lost that 'on the front line' feeling that made it special, but I suppose that's advancement for you and I gotta suck it up. • Way too much of our time is spent supporting overpaid idiots Essentially due to the success of our project alot of larger bodies (JCP/NHS/Council/EEDA/IiC/ESF and many more) are always after our opinions and our time, which in a way is a nice reconition, but they usually don't like what we have to say • I see everyday people in positions of real power who really don't understand how the system works on the ground or how their descions will affect the real world. If you knew how the job centre worked...if you knew how connextions worked...if you knew how A4E, TNG, etc worked...and what more could be achieved so so easily for the benefit of everyone then you would honestly grow to resent alot of things about this country and it's systems. • THAT is the bad part of my job, I love it, I love what it does, but it's going to make me very bitter at a lot of this countries systems and I genuinely think we got it pretty damn good here in the UK.