Thursday, June 16, 2011

In which I talk about work and my desire to have a house cleaner

I bet you've all been wondering what I'm doing for work these days!

For two years, 2009 and 2010, I was busy studying for my Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship). In fact, my studies were what led me to start this blog. If you're feeling all nostalgic, you can click here and read my very first post!

All the while, I was working from home, tutoring high school students in Mathematics and teaching Flute and Music Craft (music theory).

Once I finished my Masters, I started looking for work in a library. So what's been happening?

I recently starting working casually as an Information Services Officer at a University Library near me. Yay!

This is actually the real library in which I work!

The job involves sitting at the Information Desk and waiting for patrons to come and ask questions. It's pretty much my dream job, apart from the fact that I'm only getting one shift per month at the moment and have to wait for someone to go on sick leave/maternity leave/long service leave to get more work. Should that happen, there would certainly be more involved than just manning the Information Desk, but it would all revolve around helping to connect Library users with the information that they need.

I also have a job interview on Monday for a year's full time (maternity leave) work as a librarian in a smaller academic library. So things are progressing on the career front.

What would be lovely would be for me to become securely installed in a permanent position so that I could stop looking. That would be a relief. I'd also love to give up the maths tutoring/music teaching. It's not that I don't love my students. It's not that I don't enjoy teaching them. It's just that my work hours are between 4pm and 8:30pm on weekdays and I just don't enjoy working at that time. Firstly, I find it hard, after being at home alone all day, to get myself motivated and excited to start work when it feels like everyone else is almost finishing.

Secondly, I'd like to be able to have dinner with the family and then enjoy the evening. As it is, our family is awfully busy after school. The kids have activities and of course homework to complete. I'd like to just come home from work and wrangle with kids activities and homework like a "normal" mum, rather than having students trooping in and out of the house and having to leave Chris to deal with the family.

I also have a confession to make. If I got full time work, I'd feel entitled to pay someone to clean my house!

I don't think I'd need a whole team!

Wouldn't that be just bliss! I'm not very good at housework and I don't take pride in it, but I would looooove to have a really clean house. I think it would be divine!

So what do you do for work? Are you in your dream job? And do you have a house cleaner?!?


Lisa said...

I've been saying for years that I would hire someone to clean my house... but in reality I just can't seem to bring myself to pay for something that I am quite capable of doing for myself!

Although it would be nice not to have to spend part of my weekend on such things... maybe one day!

Dillypoo said...

I plan to hire a house cleaning service if The Professor and I ever finish the renovations on our house. I see no point in doing it now since half of my home is a construction zone (and has been for 20 years). Hazard of living in a 95 year old house.

I love my work but it's not my dream job. If I were to do it all again, I'd be a fancy pastry chef because I love cake decorating. It's a hobby for now.

Congrats on getting your foot in the door at the University library and good luck with the next interview!

sammy said...

If you get the full time job-def go the cleaner, I would love a cleaner...Mick and the boys are getting pretty good though.

Brandy@YDK said...

that's so exciting that you got a job and are getting some work experience. i bet you will find something permanent soon. i'd love a cleaner. i have paid someone a few times and it's so nice