The world you live is different in outside, time is limitless a watch really shows 24 hours, even the live you live is endless..the presence...feel the presence as said by shri Dinesh Divekar and quote "start now and have a brand new end"..
best of luck .......
Dinesh-ji's response reminded me of an acquaintance who just after acquiring a BA degree joined ECE (company making elevators.bulbs/tubes etc.) and remianed there working hard and learning more and more on the job.At the end of his career he was the top functionary and after retirement was a much sought after lecturer by business schools.Even Raibahadur M.S.Oberoi ,founder of Oberoi group of hotels started his career as a clerk in a hotel in Srinagar.There are many such examples.Have courage and wish you all the best !
First congrats to Mr Divekar for the right advice. Not to worry about the past - look forward.
1. Tell people the truth about your past- integrity is a rare virtue- that every employer expects from employees- that is why I see in the thread , some one has asked for your resume.
2. Continuous learning important - pl do not join any course with out any purpose- always look for the institutions- whether approved by the govt- UGC, AICTE or approved universities.
3. Take up a job that you will enjoy working - develop your competency -knowledge and skill sets - improve yourself constantly.
R N Iyer
This is further to what Dinesh has suggested.
Though this MAY sound preposterous in the situation you are now into, NEVER EVER go for the shortcuts like getting fake certificates, lying, etc. Life has a knack of catching-up sooner than later & IF you happen to be in a high position at that point of time, the fall too would be as steep [one doesn't need to go far to understand how damaging this can be.....going by the current news that we are seeing now about some BJP leaders].
Like the Proverb goes: "Higher you rise, steeper the fall".
I would suggest you begin to try this out. While still speaking the truth about the gaps in your education, you really don't need to explain the details. Cut the whole long story short by saying "I had some health problems [your depression CAN be counted as one] due to which there have been gaps in my education. Now my health is OK". In case you also had any family-related issues [though not often, sometimes both Health & Family related issues go together], you can mention that too. All you would need to ensure is that the message goes across that 'you are NOW OK'.
And also suggest shoot for ONLY those positions where age is NOT a factor....many positions now-a-days are age-related. Usually Companies may NOT wish to put you among those who would be 20-23 yrs age group as that disturbs [at least in their view] the general work environment/culture.
I am not sure of your spoken comm skills [written skills do seem to be good, going by your posting]. In case your spoken comm skills are as good, Sales COULD be one area that you can shoot for--because Sales function has more to do with meeting the targets & meeting--i.e. regular interaction with--outsiders rather than Company colleagues & NOT your age. By & large, you will be judged by YOUR individual performance on the field, than as a team. Hope you get the point.
You may think of other career options along similar lines.
All the Best.