On the journey:
To be fair, I've edited these conversations down quite a bit, and of course the voices have been hilariously munchkinised for everyone's protection! However there isn't much that can really be argued to be out of context. I was asked about what my long term goal was and, unfortunately, didn't really argue my case very well in saying I was interested in writing. That was because of the nature of the situation and the fact that I don't really trust or like the adviser well enough to confide anything.
The nub of the issue is that these people come to you with severe expectations: they have a clear view of how the process should work and how you should respond. If you struggle to meet those expectations, and I did because I simply cannot function in that way - I don't think like that, then you are going to come a cropper. it may seem reasonable to argue then that as a customer I'm being obstructive and not cooperating; certainly that's how he saw it. But in truth they offered nothing - hence the clip about training. I don't even know why I was asked about long term job goals; we spent 15 minutes arguing about writing when it was abundantly clear they had no intention of helping with that - that's why I was expected to find my own volunteer opportunities. In fact he hoped to put on the action plan (that never was) that I'd be expected to contact 6 voluntary sources about writing a week, with absolutely no help to do so. I live in a small village, not Drury Lane! The only source for volunteer work is do-it.org and they don't have lots of writing (if any) jobs at all. It might be different in a busy city.
So it's not unreasonable to ask me to look online, but to expect me to find loads of stuff, to say that charities always want writers (which he did, though how he knows this I don't know), and to offer no help, is ridiculous. Ultimately he just wants to tick boxes. Saying I have a long term goal is just cosmetic. He wanted me to agree to jump through hoops and hand over my CV so his people, his 'Employment Engagement Coordinators' can apply for jobs (ostensibly - god knows where my cv would end up, just take a look at the nonsense on Universal Jobmatch!) without my knowledge. Given that he's happy to ignore the problems I have how can anyone think that's a recipe for success. Or am I wrong? What do you think?