Changes are afoot in the Cisco household. You may have noticed I have been quieter here in recent months, when in theory Syd being at school gave me more time to blog. Well I haven’t just been watching Netflix and ignoring my blog (although that is true some days!) – I decided on a change of career path a few months back. I say change of career path, perhaps it would be better to say decided to get a career, on account of not really having had one before.
It all started almost 2 years ago now, when I set off on a tour of Uni open days with my eldest. Not sure if it was just that they did a great job of selling it, or whether it unlocked a long forgotten desire – but by the end of it I wanted to go to uni too!
Now that may have been a practical option if I lived in a big town with its own university. But I don’t. And I don’t plan on uprooting my family just so I can go back to school. So I looked at other options.
I want to get into working in education – maybe as a teacher eventually, or as a higher level teaching assistant. So I started working towards that plan. I did a Teaching Assistant course with NCC earlier in the year. And signed up for the Open University Access Course, which I am still plodding my merry way through. And I start a degree in Primary Education with them in October.
And I took some shifts as a Midday Supervisor, which is a posh name for dinner lady. I really enjoy my lunchtime shifts, but for a job with limited hours, it does eat into the day, as does the constant to-ing and fro-ing from school. Drop off Syd, head home, 2 hours later head back, work, head home, 1 hour later head back. Still time to do my own thing, but not quite enough of it to achieve an awful lot, however it has provided me with the all important experience of working with children.
On Thursday I accepted the offer of a Teaching Assistant job, starting properly in September. 20 hours a week for now, probably a nice balance as I try to remember how to fit all the other life stuff in around a job. So I may not have been here so much, but I have been busy – I am really excited to be starting a job that I really wanted in a couple of months time. And really amazed that in a few short months I have managed to get myself from ‘no relevant qualifications, no experience’ to actually getting a job in the area I really want to work in! The first steps on an exciting new journey.
Of course that means being a working mum, which is never plain sailing. My new job is a term time position, which is brilliant. But that doesn’t solve the problem of what to do when one of your kids is sick. I was hoping I might not have to figure that out for a while, but in Sod’s law fashion Syd was ill on my interview day – meaning my other half had to take a day off to look after him, and I hadn’t even got the job yet! And now it is Sunday, and he is still poorly, and I start work tomorrow, doing a few days to get to know the kids, staff and how things work. Eek! We have already discussed the fact that as I am covering the school holidays, my other half will bear the brunt of times of when illness rears its head. I will do it if Syd gets sent home from school, as he works half an hour away and I will be in the same building, but otherwise he will be the one to take time off to look after him as much as possible.
So I guess tomorrow is just a case of starting as we mean to go on – and luckily we may be saved on this occasion as my almost 20 year old is home from Uni at the mo and as Syd is mostly just snotty now, hopefully he will be well enough for her to look after him tomorrow.
Does that mean the end for this blog? No, but it will probably mean my already reduced post rate becomes even more sporadic. But that’s OK. I started my blog when Syd was a few months old. It was someone to talk to on the long days with a baby, somewhere to store memories or have a rant about politics. I have made friends through it, I have made money through it, I have been nominated for awards and spoken at conferences. It has been ace, but as Syd grew and as life changed pace it started to take more of a back seat.
I always struggled talking about my older kids, finding it hard to work out where the privacy line is, and as Syd has got older that concern has become more relevant when talking about him too. When focussing on trying to make a bit more money from it, I had to wind my neck in a bit on the political front – as there was always a huge drop in my work offers immediately after one of my rants – it seems political opinions and aspirational living don’t sit well together in advertisers eyes. So lately my posts have mainly been about baking (love a bit of cake) or photos from lovely days out (and I have blogging to thank for my new found love of photography!). I am sure those sort of posts will continue to appear. And now I am not relying on this here place to supplement our income I hope politics might rear its PR scaring head again a little more often.
Who knows?! Maybe I will get to September and never have time the or inclination to post again, but I doubt it – I still love blogging and will be trying to make sure I find time for it. For now what I need to do is go and rummage in my wardrobe to cobble together some suitable work clothes to get me through the next couple of weeks, figure out some quick and easy meals to cook post work/school and book Syd into breakfast club from September. All change. Wish us luck!!
Love Miss Cisco XXX