I was fired from my job this morning, after an incident on Monday night for which I was suspended yesterday. I've contacted an appropriate government agency to look into the matter, given the circumstances surrounding my termination.
I'm determined to make the best of this situation, and as I've been looking to move to newer technologies after a three year tour of duty in a world of legacy Cobol programs. I'm in my mid-twenties and the job I was in was not what I was looking for. I've been seriously looking to quit that job anyway, but a lack of other options kept me in the position until now.
I figure I've got enough in my bank account to pay my bills through September, and after that I've accepted that I might have to use my credit line for a little while.
I'm inexperienced with OO languages, like .Net and Java, but am doing what I can to teach myself on my own. I'd like to find a company I can learn with, and am willing to work for a drastically reduced wage, or even as an unpaid intern, for a short period of time if that's what it takes, with the endgame of me becoming a full-time, full-paid developer with that company.
Is this a realistic goal? If so, how does one go about approaching companies for this sort of opportunity? What is my best approach to handling my previous job experience and reasons for leaving?
I was dismissed for 'unacceptable behaviour' due to an outburst in front of one of my superiors, after being provoked by certain comments he made to me. I have a history of showing my temper when I get really stressed. My doctor says my stress is/was caused by the job, which I would then say is directly related to the aforementioned superiors micromanagement and disrespect for those under him. My doctor further categorized my condition as situational depression. I was medicated for this, briefly, and my former employer knows this. These facts have been reported to a government agency, along with certain other factors, and they seem to believe I have a case.
Although Jeff doesn't like the idea of throwaway accounts, that is exactly what this account is. Given information in this question (my termination), I'd rather not have this as a permanent part of an account proudly displayed on my blog, etc. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO VOTING from this account. Any answers I feel are helpful will be voted from my normal user account, with the exception of the accepted answer should the need arise.