When I left Uni, permanent work was difficult to come by and so I decided to try my luck using my degree down other avenues. I've so far had a very fulfilling and interesting career path, my stint on a remote Cattle Station in Northern Queensland was followed by a stint in the Life Education Van - yes I was Healthy Harold for a couple of years and I had great fun travelling around the countryside educating around healthy living and alcohol and other drug use. This lead me to an unexpected career in the Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol field, which has lead me to where I am now, sitting here studying for an exam actually as I have decided to become a social worker.
For some time now I have felt unsettled, I set out to help people, to be a nurturer and to make a difference in people's lives through education. Somewhere along the way I've ended up in management and working on projects that are not directly related to people, people that need my help in some way. I want to be helping people, I feel like it is missing from my life, I no longer have job satisfaction and I figure if I have to go to work (and I do!) I may as well feel good about what I'm doing and thus the study.
But....oh lordy. My big boy starting school this year has really reminded me just how much I love school and how much I love to teach and I truly miss it. I just love taking him into school in the morning and chatting to his mates, I love helping him with his homework and hearing about how his day panned out and I realise, my career needs some major overhauling.
Here I have this fantastic qualification, just sitting there being wasted. I'm not content in my current situation and it seems that casual teachers are hard to come by.
So.....do I take that leap of faith? It means resigning from a permanent position to the uncertainty of casual teaching. Having to be organised enough to take work at a moments notice and having my carers on call too (the Grandparents so its not as difficult as it may sound.) And it has been so long since I have been in a classroom, do I still have the skills required?
But my heart flutters at the thought of going back, even just talking about it excites me, I feel like the universe is giving my calling card, now I just need to answer it?
First I have a 70 day placement to complete and of course something wonderful may come of that too, finally I am open to possibilities rather than feeling like I have to make sensible choices. And now I just feel excited about what may come from the remainder of this year.