Before I acquired a skill, I worked retail. Like many jobs that work non-traditional hours, when you apply for a job in retail or a restaurant or something, you have to tell them what hours you are available to work. Now most people looking for a job, unless they are in school or something, are available to work whenever the job requires. However witnesses cant miss meetings for work without looking like pagans, so my forms looked something like this:
Sunday: Must be off (Service and talk/wt)
Tuesday: Must be off by 5 (school/service meeting)
Wednesday: 1-close (Since I worked such a flexible job, their words, I should be able to take out the FS group)
Thursday: Must be off by 5 (Bookstudy, which I had to often conduct)
Then, we had assemblies, conventions, memorial, and I havent even had a vacation yet.
The interviews went poorly and I was told multiple times I had to increase my availability to get the job, or that they would schedule me whenever and I had to trade to get my day off. Often I just had to lose the hours and get someone to cover, with no replacement hours, as my schedule was so tight, I couldn't actually trade, but had to just miss out on income. I almost lost my job when I tried to take off for pioneer school, but threatened a lawsuit "religious discrimination" (JW's love that for any job that asks them to miss a meeting and actually show up for work.
I know many jobs, days off are done by senority, and sometimes a request, particularly in the summer will be flat out denied, and if you take off anyway, you can lose your job. I was just wondering if many others had the same problem maintaining a job while in an organization that demonizes education and bettering yourself.