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My husband is on the verge of a major depression. How can I help him avoid it?

He's been actively seeking a job for 8 months. Believe it or not, his education is working against him. He is brilliant and he majored in Philosophy. No employer is looking for that degree, so he has been applying for even entry -level jobs. Those employers ask "Whta's a guy with your education doing applying for a job like this?" And they don't hire him. I'm so heart-broken and he is even more so. He's spending a lot of time in bed in between job interviews. Our kids miss their Dad... I work full time and we homeschool our 3 kids. What can I do?

Asked By: Baloneyus_Monk - 9/26/2007
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We went through a similar thing about a year ago and the sad truth is it isn't so much what you know as it is who you know. As humbling as it might seem, let everyone know that you are looking for a job. It would seem that with a Philosophy degree he would at least be qualified to teach high school. Sometimes you have... More
Answered By: Mary N - 9/26/2007
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He might have to give himself a job contract or job shop or even start his own consulting firm thats what I did no one would hire me either.
Answered By: theroadwetake - 9/26/2007
 
I'm sorry. That is alot to take. Remind him that it is not his fault. What is he good at and just remind him of what a wonder father and husband he is. I know what you mean about employers. It pisses me off they way they operate. I'll say a prayer for you all. Let him know just how important he is and that you... More
Answered By: msgolf - 9/26/2007
 
Sounds like his 'verge' is more like full-blown... More
Answered By: brokenhalo057 - 9/26/2007
 
Ego and self-esteem go get closely tied in with what you can produce. Reassure him that you are behind him in getting the right job (not wasting his talents). But also come up with plan B - what to do when money issues get urgent... More
Answered By: karen - 9/26/2007
 
He is blowing the interviews...he is not willing to accept an entry level job... More
Answered By: I am, I said - 9/26/2007
 
He should consider re-education, in a different field, and/or just mentioning high school, or saying he didn't do anywhere near as well as he would have liked, in college, when applying for jobs. Employers don't want overqualified people, because they expect them to be moving on, soon, to something better, when they... More
Answered By: jacko - 9/26/2007
 
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