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Fantastic News (Very Detailed)!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 5:00 PM

Thrilled! :happybounce: Here is my fantastic news. I have got a job teaching in a college, a small class of GCSE students, for just one morning a week. Now, it may not sound like much, but actually right now it's perfect! :dance:

 The class runs for two and a half hours, which apart from anything else means I'll make a reasonable profit on the train fare. :P It also means that I can keep working with all the students I do my self-employed one-to-one tuition with. This has been my sole livelihood for three-and-a-half years now, so I've built up a good little clientele, and it was a long time ago that I stopped worrying about the future and realised that, if necessary, I could be self-employed forever. Even so, I always hoped that eventually I could get a college class or two, but positions don't seem to come up that often, let alone interviews, let alone actual employment! 

As I said, one class a week right now is perfect. If my new boss offers me any more morning classes, I can do those too, but as long as I'm teaching for more than fifty hours in a year (and these thirty-week classes of course add up to seventy-five hours), I'm eligible to take a PGCE course in post-compulsory education. In case you don't know, and it's not obvious, this will mean I am totally and utterly qualified to teach adults - and some teenagers as well. When that happens, and with the college experience under my belt too, I will be about twenty times more employable than I am now, and I'll be able to do all sorts of wonderful things. All I needed was a start, and this is it. 

Just so we're all clear on what's happening, I'm not going to apply for the PGCE until next year, when I'm sure to have another class (unless I turn out to be too awful to get through my three months probation... but let's not go there :paranoid:). There are three very good reasons for this. One is that I have at least three private students to guide through important exams in the coming year, and then I'll be losing them in the summer, which will give me more time to play with. Another is that I'll need to save up some money for fees. The final reason, mind you, is the best. My new boss has been trying to organise a PGCE course specially for her teachers, so far without success, but she says she's going to persevere. If she succeeds, I might not even have to pay much in the way of tuition fees, and then... well, I'll have some spare money, I guess! :D 

It's a small private college where I'm going to work, fairly obscure, and when I applied they were recruiting teachers, in the plural, so there wasn't just one job going. I really thought I had a chance, even though I didn't want to get my hopes up. I don't remember if I went into much detail here about my extensive experiences with job disappointment. Well, suffice it to say, it happened a lot! As a direct result, I haven't applied for much over the past couple of years - only jobs I've really wanted, and thought I really had a shot at. This was one of them. I had more than a week's notice to prepare for my interview and teaching observation. For the first few days, I was so nervous that I was almost in tears at times - and that is not an exaggeration. On about the Monday or Tuesday, I was so sick of feeling nervous, and I'd talked myself into seeing that not getting the job wouldn't be the end of the world, so I felt okay for a while. On Thursday I prepared my observation lesson. On Friday, and then on Saturday when I was actually on my way to the interview, I was about the right amount of nervous. 

In fact, it turned out this woman was going to give me a job so long as I didn't turn out to be completely mad or abusive towards the students or something (I was not abusive, and I don't think she realises just how completely mad I am). In the end, she seemed quite keen on me. Now I'm freaking out again because I had to email and tell her I can't 'pop in' on Thursday next week to talk about my course planning! Any other day would have been fine, but on Thursday I've got so many things planned. I mean, I don't think that's unreasonable, to have prearranged stuff in the summer holidays. So really, I'm sure she'll be fine with it. I just worry about things, especially when they're going so well! ^^; 

Now, I haven't had the worst life, and I'm grateful for that. Still, I've had my problems, but now things seem to be picking up since all the crap over the last three or four years. Of course, it makes me very sad not to be able to tell my mother my great news, but I'm always going to have those kinds of feelings. There are little things to look forward to as well, such as Jay's Halloween contest (I can hardly wait! :w00t:) and a new series of Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge (that excites me enough to mention it, and I'm not ashamed of having little else to look forward to :P). Right now, I'm also enjoying the historical fiction workshop I keep mentioning, and... I think I really have said everything I wanted to.

Sorry if this was really boring, but perhaps you didn't read every word. ;)

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I am romantic about childhood, and about past times. I love children's books and films, especially those produced during my childhood or before I was born. My favourite books are Watership Down, Little Women and many by Roald Dahl. My favourite things are my cat, my books and my Victorian-style dolls' house.

I like a lot of things, such as history (especially the Tudor family story and Boudicca) and historical fiction, legends and fairy tales (witches rule), poetry, art, the history of art, animals... and I really, really like dA!

This is where I post my writing, and have probably become best known of a writer of children's fictions, but sometimes I try other things as well. We have an awesome community here, so friendly and encouraging, and I try to be a part of that.



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