So basically I studied German at university and then did a masters in translation theory. I quickly discovered that getting into translation was very limited especially if you didn't want to go freelance which I do not, as I really enjoy the office environment and being around people.
I ended up working in a call centre handling German customer complaints by the phone which I really wasn't very confident with. What was worse for me personally, was that I had real difficulty meeting the productivity targets. It really battered me down and after being with the company for about a year and a half I had to quit after having a breakdown.
For a long time I suffered anxiety and could barely leave the house. But having eventually found a medication that suits and recently had some counseling its time for me to find a job again. In the last few months I've mostly spent a lot of time drawing and I even spent a month creating a basic videogame from scratch. My German however has become rather rusty and Im nervous of getting into a similar position as before, perhaps particularly because of my lack of confidence in my second language.
I have some retail experience and even worked as a supervisor and key holder at two of the stores I worked at. Mostly I've been applying for admin roles and while I've managed to get one interview for next week most places reject me. I don't have direct admin experience but I thought going into a role where I get to deal with people face to face again would be good for me personally and that I'd like having a steady position that I can grow into.
So I guess three main questions, 1)how do I tackle this large gap in employment 2)how can I explain away having a masters but wanting to go into a role that doesn't need that level of education and 3) how can I convince the interviewer that I'm perfect for admin without experience?
(I live in the UK if it makes a difference)