This time last year I was looking for a role. In life, employment and as a way to fulfil my sense of purpose. I am fortunate enough to be able to say that I believe that I am significantly closer to fulfilling that role.
I am now in full time, permanent employment at The University of Portsmouth. This has been a goal of mine for several years, having studied there twice, what’s more, I am working in the Research and Innovation Services department.
I still have a way to go to achieve my goals. I would still like to gain a PhD or ProfDoc, move to the countryside and have a horse! But I am much closer to being able to achieve these goals.
So this begs the question, how did I get here? About this time last year, following an interview for a research assistant role in the School of Education at The University of Portsmouth, I received a phone call to tell me, “thanks but no thanks,” feeling disappointed at this outcome, I swallowed my pride and moved on. More interviews followed. A few weeks later, as I walked out of a particularly tough gym session, I got a phone call out of the blue offerring me the job! It was on a part-time basis and a 9 month contract. By no means perfect but it was a great start!
Even better, the Research area was in mental health in childhood and education. The faculty had funded The MICE Hub and I was to be responsible for blogging and maintaining the site – this was right up my street! I also got to be involved in organising events and set up a Twitter account for the Hub. A great wealth of experience to add to my CV.
This is what led me to gain the confidence I needed to apply for my current role – supporting the University’s research themes. I get to be part of a brand new team and vision and get to create and build so much from scratch, it’s very exciting.
It’s great to feel I’m in a much better place and have moved forward so much since last year but this does not come without it’s challenges. For starters, moving from part-time to full time employment is a big upheaval to routine and requires much more intricate planning. Managing to get to bed and get enough sleep is a constant battle! As discussed in my previous post.
These are challenges that can be overcome with time and integrated in to a new lifestyle. The point of this post is to end on a positive note, to encourage you to keep looking forward as you never know where your journey will take you, be persistent and never give up on your goals!