On Thursday 13th June, I was told that the contract to my current job was finishing at the end of this month. Maybe, the whole thing was a bit too good to be true. You don’t generally find that many jobs, doing something you love, in hours that fit around the school run but the work was amazing while it lasted.
After getting over the effect of the initial rejection, I can see so many upsides, not least that the job finishes just in time for the school summer holidays. I’ve decided that I will take the full two months break before I even start looking for more work…. Well, that’s not entirely true as I’ve already started looking, but I’ve not and don’t plan to, apply for anything until the end of August. By which time, I might have had enough of seeing the girls constantly too!
Hopefully, this break will give me some time to decide and find what I want to do. At the moment, I’m swinging between maybe getting a good part-time job to fit around the school run, while I do writing on the side in my free-ish time. Or holding out until I get the perfect writing job that fits mostly in between the school runs. Although the more I think about it the more options I keep coming up with! Either way, I can also use this ‘break’ to finish the courses I’ve started – the writing courses and the CPD courses.
Another upside, for me at least is that I‘ve learnt so much about writing at this job. No matter how many courses I take or how many books I read, nothing quite beats actually doing it and getting feedback on it. I think finally, I was starting to understand the different products and styles of writing and things were starting to click into place. However, I probably took too long getting there.
I also feel very lucky to have had this unexpected opportunity to work in an office writing about accounts and tax. Maybe I didn’t make the most of this opportunity. In hindsight, I think I could have done a lot of things differently if I had fully appreciated what I had. Anyway, I think this is what is called experience and I’m truly glad to have had it and feel like that I have gone from a complete novice writer to a slightly more confident and definitely better writer – although not quite perfect just yet.
Finally, even though I’ve had a lot of summer holidays together with the girls, I do spend a lot of time almost ignoring them while I try and work. I then rush around going to places, meeting friends and doing things to entertain them. I probably will still do the last bit but I’m hoping that instead of ignoring them for the rest of the time, I can spend a little more time being with them.
If it does get too much though, I’ll bury my head in books and courses and quickly find a job!
Originally posted here: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/community/blogs/lilac1/13-unlucky-or-lucky