I've worked for over ten years and didn't get state licensed in Mass for my LSW (licensed social worker); or other certifications when I switched and worked as a counselor/clinician/therapist with females in a temporary jail diversion program that is residential. The issue is that I started very late in my career and i am considered "old" by many younger owners of agencies/hiring orgs and such.
I'm told I have so much to offer; but, each time I go to these open houses, or even get hired temporarily---it goes sour quickly. I'm not use to seeing or having workers use the "N" word or the "F" word in front of clients and towards me---a minority worker.
What happened to me isn't something new---I merely got so fed up that I left. Most people tell me I am just another loser for letting people bully me on the job and I should have reported it. But, no--where this place is and how it is run (there isn't one minority working in their administrative offices) and I am seen as a grunt worker; with little value. The organizations' attitude is, "if you don't like it here--then leave!" that's what I did.
I earned a bachelor's degree in English and a masters as a counselor and today, I live below the poverty line; owe so much student loan debt that I have gotten worn out with so much rejection in 9 years of searching to fit in.
I think I should have tried a different career track. I have learned that today---no one really wants to hear about a pity party, and no one wants to read about how I didn't make it---we are only interested in victory and celebrations---but thanks for any comments.