Oh, man.

In the arid millennia since my last post, what’s happened? Quite a lot. I’ve been fairly successfully self-employed for more or less a whole year – successfully in that I haven’t starved to death and, most of the time, I haven’t missed out on spending money to do fun things. Copy-editing, in case you care – enjoyable, but I don’t like working all alone at home.

I applied for PGCE places in Chemistry at University of Home City, Ex-Poly of Home City, Another City We Both Like, and in Biology at University of Home City. Meanwhile S ranked all the junior doctor jobs in the county, with his top choices being Hospitals Close To Home City, Hospitals In Home City, Another City We Both Like, and Seaside Town, followed by all the jobs in those places he didn’t want, followed by all the jobs in places he didn’t want to live.

S discovered that his F1 job will be one of his favourite rotations in Seaside Town, which is about 2 hours away by train or driving from Home City. Which is great news – Seaside Town will be a lovely place to live and it’s very much the job for him. Part of me was still hoping I’d get a PGCE in Another City, as it’s a bit closer to Seaside Town, even though we’d still not realistically be able to live together.

The week after we found that out, he passed all his exams. I will now slavishly refer to him on this blog as Dr S. (No, I won’t, but I am incredibly proud. I have yet to go to any dinner parties with old school friends so I can say, ‘oh, I’m so sorry S couldn’t make it, but you know, he is a doctor’ in as obnoxiously loud and smug a way as I can…*).

Then I got invited to interview for a PGCE place in Home City. There was one Chemistry place and three of us interviewing for it, as well as a physicist and a biologist. And I got it! I can’t really describe how happy I am about that – somehow it feels like a long time since I achieved something and was just wholeheartedly and without reservation proud of myself for achieving that thing.

So that’s that.

S has a beautiful house for rent in Sea Town, all to himself (rents there are amazing). I am looking at city centre studios aimed at postgraduate students and young professionals, and also at the studio apartments available for postgraduate students from the university, which is quite exciting. I’m looking forward to a year of incredible stress and hard work, weekends away relaxing in beautiful Sea Town, and a job which I think I’m really and absolutely going to love, even on the days when I sort of hate it a lot too.

Life’s looking good. I’m sorry it’s been a while.

*I wouldn’t do that, don’t worry.



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3 responses to “News

  1. ukmikel

    Well Jenny. It has been a while but so glad to hear all is going so well. Congratulations and well done. I’ll raise a glass of good Belgian beer to when next in the Devonshire cat (which will not be too far away now the sun is out in uni town). Enjoy.

  2. Sounds like you’re going exciting places 🙂 What made you decide upon the teaching route? I have so often pondered the possibility.

  3. Thank you mike :).

    And as for the teaching route, Flix, it’s basically S’s mum’s fault…! In my last year or so at uni I was really pondering what to do once I left – of things that I *could* do I had no idea what I wanted to do (the PhD and ‘world-famous singer’ both not being genuine options…!). So S’s mum suggested to S, who suggested to me, that I try getting some work experience in schools just to see how I liked it. So, I did. I decided this (academic) year would be my year to figure it out – I knew I could pay my way doing copyediting if I didn’t get a job doing anything else, and I just about have, and meanwhile I picked up as much work experience in schools as I could get, and I was increasingly convinced that I actually really enjoyed doing it, so I decided to give it a go :). I also did some work with the Scouts and Cubs.

    If you’re wondering about it, try getting some work experience – talk to your old school or something, and just see if you can go in to shadow a few days of lessons. I don’t know how flexible your job is, but maybe you could go into a school one afternoon a week, or maybe take a week’s annual leave and get a week in a school? And just see what you see and how you feel about it :). If you’re going to ponder a possibility you might as well give it it’s best chance and then you’ll know at least whether to keep pondering or not! xx

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