My first blog entry ever…
Since the beginning of 2006 my life has changed in so many ways… and i’ve enjoyed every minute of it!
At the end of 2005 I left Blacktown Girls’ High School where I’d been working as a Mathematics teacher since 2001. I loved teaching and especially loved the girls there. I took on Year Advising in 2004 and my 160 girls have just gone into Year 9.
Due to a lot of illness towards the end of last year I made the painful decision to take a year leave without pay and try my hand at some other employment to see if I would enjoy it more.
At the end of the year my friends encouraged me to have a break and get away from it all so I went up to Hallidays Point and joined Alison, Amy & Jenny on their Beach Mission over New Years.
I was so exhausted when I finally stopped after a hectic year that I basically slept the whole time up there. It was good for me to get away and even more wonderful to be around people my own age and not be just on my own in my little house with my dog, Hunnie.
I met many new faces at Hallidays Point, but one stood out more than the rest. His name is Daniel.
We seemed to hit it off right from the start. I don’t really remember much about when I first noticed him, but I do remember that he played the bass guitar, was quite tall, handsome and had a good sense of humour. I also remember that we seemed to end up sitting at the same meal table for most meals.
Anyway, we’ve kept in contact since then and have started on a wonderful adventure of getting to know one another – so far we’ve had a great time together.
Coming back from Hallidays Point threw me back into reality quite quickly – I was now unemployed! I tried not to think about it much and just enjoy a holiday, but it was always in the back of my mind (how am I going to pay my bills after the end of January?)
In the final week of the school holidays I got my act together and sat down at my computer for basically a whole day and looked up as many jobs as I could on seek.com, careerone.com, mycareer.com and heaps of other job sites and submitted my resume online to as many positions as I thought interesting. One problem was I had only had school-based experiences and I was looking for an admin based job.
I was hoping to get a job with Lifechanging Experiences (SISTER2sister project) but decided at the last minute not to apply for the job as I thought I was being a bit keen to take on the role that was advertised.
I applied for a whole lot of jobs online and the next day at 8:30am in the morning I got a phone call from a job agency. Their initial statement was “you have an interesting resume for an admin job”. They were keen to get me in for an interview that day.
Keen and eager in my ‘interview outfit’ I set out on the train into the city – little did I know that it would be the first of many trips.
The interview went well and by the end the agency told me that they thought that I would be perfect for another job going at the same company – a Student Advisor. It sounded like an interesting job and so I expressed interest thinking that I could go for both jobs and more than likely get at least one of them.
The next day I was called up again – this time to have an interview with the company CMS (C-Management Services). This time I had to dress up in a suit – a huge change from my ‘teacher clothes’. I managed to dust off a suit in my cupboard and went into the city yet again.
Time seemed to pass quickly in the interview – I was in there for an hour and I was quite surprisingly calm throughout the whole process. I felt right from the beginning of the interview that this job was made for me. A job where I can use my past experiences as a teacher and Year Advisor but yet have the administration that I have longed to do for a while.