Creating a Portfolio Career
Now that my Return to Teaching course is over, I can get back to Job-Hunting. There are a few major obstacles to this:
- The summer. With the long days, and the good(!) weather, invitations to lunches, tennis or watching the kids play sport, the thought of being tied to a regular job is not attractive. But I think it may be more attractive in the winter; my kitchen is very cold.
- Redundant husband. Every time I leave the house some other renovation is planned and an appointment is made for yet another tradesman to quote for some further project. One day I may return home to where I thought my house was and find quite a different property altogether. Just hope he remembers to get a set of the new keys cut for me.
- Writing. Before undertaking the teaching course I had joined a local writers’ workshop. It was really enjoyable and had made me seriously focus on writing for the first time in years. I even wrote a few (bad) stories. I felt I was improving, but, with the work-load of the course, I lost my focus and slipped out of the writing habit. If I put teaching and writing next to each other and, in best Harry Hill voice, shouted ‘FIGHT’: writing would win.
So, a balance needs to be struck between maintaining my newly rediscovered sense of worth and nurturing my recently sown creative skills. I have picked up the term ‘portfolio career’ from somewhere.
It is an interesting concept and one I’d like to explore. If I don’t want to be tied to regular hours then supply teaching is ideal, if tough discipline-wise. We all remember temporary teachers from our own school days. But, it can be quite lucrative, flexible and there’s little/no planning or marking. If a school likes me enough they may make me a regular supply, or even offer me a permanent contract. If I also like them, I may accept.
Writing is also a portable career, not so well-paid and quite precarious, but enjoyable and fulfilling. Given that I have only submitted one piece for publishing to date (a rant to women’s magazine mslexia), I am starting from a low base. Even researching suitable platforms for my work is proving a slog. There is too much of a high days and holiday culture in our house; we are feeling like it’s the end of the party and fun times need to be crammed in. Work can wait till the Autumn, can’t it?