Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The BIG Plan

I guess you've come back to hear about the BIG plan.

I'm hoping that you crossed your fingers and toes.

In fact, I know you crossed them very tightly because my BIG plan is going to happen!

I am being very brave (which is completely unusual for me) and have made a life-changing decision to change career and move into teaching.

Yesterday, I heard that I will be able to take the first step on the path towards this.

I have been a PA for the past three years and worked in administration for a couple of years before that. I'd worked my way up the hierarchy and had a really exciting, well-paid post but was never 100% happy. I wasn't challenged enough and frustrated with doing the same things every day. I felt like I'd let myself down in my working life and was capable of something more.

I thought about a lot of different jobs and career paths (nursing, HR, retail), I even went to a Career Psychologist and in the end came back to the vocation I'd always been passionate about: teaching.

I had been a Key Stage 1 (4-7 year olds) Literacy Support Assistant during my Gap Year and loved every minute of it. It was challenging, rewarding and no two days were ever the same. I loved and continue to love being round children and learning from them as well as being able to share my knowledge and experiences.

So after Christmas I decided I was determined to plot out a career map and make the jump back into a school setting. I knew I needed to have lots of experience to gain a university place to study for a Primary PGCE (teaching qualification).

I started to look for Teaching Assistant jobs and one of the first ones I found was at my old primary school. I beavered away with my application, writing and re-writing my personal statement and once I'd been shortlisted Acton Belle did a great job in helping me prepare (down the phone) for my interview.

At 9.30am yesterday, I went back to the little school and met the Headteacher for the first time in 18 years. It was a hard interview, but I felt I answered the questions well. Even then I wasn't exactly sure I was what they were after.

I went back to work and waited. Then 'ping', at 2.30pm I received an email offering me the job. How exciting! Of course, I said YES!

My life suddenly changed and I felt like a big weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I had achieved something and was overwhelmed with happiness.

I start the new job after the Easter holidays (26th April) and so have another five weeks in my current position. I plan to really enjoy the next few weeks with my colleagues and friends.

It will be such a change for Mr P and I. Not only the BIG drop in salary (my main reason for being thrifty) but also in having more time. I will be home much earlier every day and have lots of holidays to enjoy. But most importantly I will be doing something I really want to do which is going to make me very happy. I can't wait for the new challenges ahead.

I know there will be highs and lows but I think it will be a very exciting adventure and I hope that you will share this journey with me.


  1. Oh wow - well done, such a brave thing to do! Congratulations on getting the job and good luck with it! I wish I knew what I wanted to do - that's half the battle isn't it? xxx

  2. Congratulations. It can be scary making a move like that. Wishing you lots of luck in your new career plans

  3. Wow, congratulations on getting the job and how exciting that you are following your heart by changing careers! As the parent of school age kids, I know what an important role TA's have and what a huge difference a really good TA can make. Good luck!
    Rachel x

  4. Oh well done to you!! That's fantastic, I'm pleased to hear it makes you so happy!

  5. I'm so excited for you!
    I knew they'd be fools not to snap you up. Clearly they saw the fab person that you are.
    But you know what I'm even more excited about?
    We can be ladies that lunch in the school holidays!!!!!! Yay!
    Love ya lots like a million Jelly Tots xxx

  6. Brilliant - fab news. So glad you will be doing something that you feel will make you happy - so important!! Look forward to reading all about it x

  7. Great news! Good luck with everything!

  8. Congratulations !! It is such a leap to follow your heart, but so rewarding!! Best of luck!!

  9. Wow that's such great news. Really looking forward to hearing about this journey - you definitely sound like you have the enthusiasm for it!

  10. That's brilliant - congratulations! It's always so much more rewarding doing a job you really want to do.

  11. Congratulations!!! And three cheers for you, being brave enough to turn over a new leaf and go after your dream! I am excited to follow your adventures via blog and fb. :)

  12. Oh well done you. Hope there's cake somewhere in the celebrations!

  13. Ohh - congratulations you!! How fantastic - that's just what you wanted! Bravo. x

  14. So pleased for you! I knew you could do it. It was such a brave step, but your happiness is SO important, and I'm so glad that you've put it first. In fact, it makes me... happy. Smiles all round. Good Luck with it all! xxx

  15. Oh honey! This is marvellous news! Congratulations! You know I'll need to pick your brain later down the line as you know I am intending to do a similar thing myself - though I shall probably do tefl for a bit first.

    My main worry with teaching assistant roles is what experience they require - did you get asked a lot about this in the interview? I will have to wait until at least this September as well as having a holiday booked smack in June isn't helpful...

    Anyway it is amazing how everything can change isn't it? I've been worrying and getting low about my job security but I'm sure it will be okay...

    Yeahy! You should make a nice dinner to celebrate! xxx

  16. That is a big plan but always wise to follow your heart. You sound so positive about your future, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

  17. Oh, I was thinking of you! So very pleased that the necessary pieces are fitting together. Hooray for new challenges and very well done you!

  18. Congratulations! Sounds like you are definitely on the right path. :)

  19. This is great news for you, and so very well done for having the confidence to take such a huge step. A few years back I took a change in career, but am travelling along the wrong path, still! Wishing you all the best along the way. x