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Thursday, July 19, 2012

An Emotional Roller Coaster

What a massive ten days it's been! The job I'd been waiting for became vacant and was advertised briefly on the website with a short closing date. I spent a long time (why does it always take me so long) filling in the application form and writing my Statement of Application. I dropped the application form in in person and crossed my fingers. Later that day, mourning the loss of my darling Archie Cat, I howled out loud in the car on the way home. Hope and sorrow all in a matter of hours. I had 4 days to wait until I would know if I had been shortlisted for interview.

Sure enough, Thursday afternoon brought good news via email. My interview was the following Monday at 8.15am.

By Monday I had a hideous cold virus, I haven't felt so ill for a long time. However I dosed myself up on Ibuprofen and Paracetamol and off I went for a whole morning of interview, I felt as though I was talking through a plastic bag but got through it all the same! I came home and went to bed.

At 3.30pm my phone woke me and I was offered the job! Wow, I could hardly believe it, I texted everyone I knew! It was only a week since Archie left us, what a roller coaster of emotions. That was last Monday.

And today I said goodbye to my old job, my colleagues, and what has been the hardest of all, the pupils. I hoped to slip quietly away but word had got around and I ended up on stage being presented with flowers and having to say my thanks in front of over 300 children, staff and parents. Not really what I had visualised!

The last day of the summer term is always emotional as we say goodbye to all the year 6's who are about to start senior school but this year was more poignant.

When I started this job Small Sprog was only 5 years old and I had no idea what upheaval was in store for us all. Everything since then has changed, except my job, but now that has gone too, a new leaf has well and truly been turned over and it's all very exciting...


Steve said...

Best of luck with this new beginning!

Rob-bear said...

Sure has been an "up and down" time all right.

Congratulations on the new job, thought. Can you tell us what the new work entails?

nick said...

Congratulations! So it was worth struggling with the virus and filling in that laborious application. Was it one of those voluminous equal-ops ones? Very fair and above-board, I'm sure, but they drive me nuts.

Mummy Plum said...

Congratulations! You must be really pleased. Hopefully this is something that you feel is utilising your skills more. Archie obviously 'had a word' with the powers above on your behalf. :0) x

Elizabeth said...

A happy transition, I think!
This all sounds very exciting. Wishing you all the best in your new job.
Yes, so many changes since I first started reading your blog!

Akelamalu said...

Congratulations on the new job, I hope you'll be really happy there. :)

Liz said...

What a brilliant end to the term! And a lovely new future to look forward to. xx

Maggie May said...

What a wonderful post this was. Congratulations. If you can get a job feeling so awful, then that shows how suitable for the job you are.
Very well done.

Takes aged to get over the loss of a pet.

Maggie X

Nuts in May

Furtheron said...

Congrats on the job! Well done.

Mrs F - had a few tears last week as her Year 6s (she works that year group exclusively) went off to the big wide world of seinor school

Rose said...

Congratulations on the new job! I hope it turns out to be everything you wanted. How nice that your former school honored you with such a send-off; it just shows how much they really did appreciate you.

Hope you're feeling much better by now.

Starnitesky said...

Congratulations on the new job, I hope it will be just what you want. It was really nice that you had such a good send off from your previous job, I am sure it was well deserved.

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Congratulations and I hope the new job is everything you want it to be xx

Carol said...

So pleased for you hon! It's hard when we come to the beginning of a new chapter in life but I bet the next one will be just as thrilling.

Looking forward to hearing all about it!


C x

Kitty said...

That's brilliant news about the job - well done you! (My son left primary school this time ... such a big 'ending'). x