Posted: 18 Feb 2004 10:32 Post subject: My path to a new career.
Well this is it! Now that Raistlin has finally been born and there is no longer the need to get our family over and done with I can finally concentrate on realising my dream of becoming a Midwife.
I can't believe it's taken me so long to get to this stage. In the past there's always been one thing or another crop up and get in the way of me doing this, and now I am finally, FINALLY, able to follow this path and get on with it.
So what have I done so far?
Well, on the 11th Feb 04 I found out that Bedford College do an Evening Access course. I remember being ever so shocked that I hadn't found this out beforehand and to be honest I didn't really believe the person who told me this.
On the 12th Feb 04 I piled everyone in the car and headed down to Bedford College to see whether it was true or not. Turns out it is, they do a part time Access Course, which takes a year to complete and is held two nights a week for 3 hours each. Amounting to 6 hours a week. Apparently they reckon it'll cost around £300 to do it, plus £90 for the exam fee's and then a further £12 for a student card. Although I suspect there'll be more costs as there will be materials and books I'll need to buy.
I was so excited about finding this out that I went straight home, filled in the application forms and start praying that it's good enough to get me in!
On the 13th Feb 04 I piled everyone back into the car and headed back to Bedford College to hand in my application form. It's also good because it's about 30miles from home and going back and forth has helped me memorise the route! They said I'd hear from them with an interview date within 10 working days, so now I am beginning to count the days until then!
On the 15th Feb 04 Jax told me she'd found out that Milton Keynes College also do the course, I'm not so pleased as you would expect by this as I'm not too keen on MK College.
On the 16th Feb 04 I took a short drive down to MK College to pick up an application form, although Jax phoned me to tell me that she'd phoned the college and they'd said they only take on applications from people who are already working in the health sector. This doesn't surprise me, it's MK College, they have to be a bit backwards. I mean, doesn't that negate the whole point of the course. This is an Access to Health and Social Studies course. It's designed to help mature students (over 21) get upto date with studying and stuff so they can get a place on a University course such as Nursing or Midwifery.
That brings me upto today really... The 18th Feb 04. I am shortly going to go and open a bank account so that I can start putting some money into it each month to go towards buying things like student materials and paying for fee's and stuff. I have also been doing loads of research into what books and things I'll need, and will start buying them at the end of the month. I'm also going to subscribe to a few medical magazines just to help me get upto date with the way things are working.
At the moment I am looking into the various Universities, as I really want to get entrance to Uni for Sept 2005. So far the only real options seem to be Northampton University and Luton University. These are within a reasonable driving distance and if I get a place at Northampton I can do the work placements at Milton Keynes General, and if I go to Luton I'd probably do the work placements at Stoke Mandeville or Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
I am going to find out today when the Open Days for both of these Uni's are, so I can go along and speak to someone about various concerns and things I have.
I am also looking into getting a bit of Temp work working as a HCA on Saturday and Sunday nights. I sent off an email to the woman concerned yesterday but I got an auto reply saying that she was on holiday for something like two weeks so I think I'll call them up instead and see who's doing her job whilst she's away. I'm not sure I'll be able to get work as a Healthcare Assistant as I'm not qualified and I have no experience but I'm sure they do training of some sort... Anyway, I'll have to find out about that... Not only will it give me some experience of working in a hospital environment but it may even help my Uni application, and it'll earn me some money to put into the savings for Uni costs!
So, I'm going to phone NHS Professionals today and find out more about it. No doubt this journal will be updated tomorrow as to how the phone call went and what was said!
I'll write something far more interesting then this next time I'm sure!
Our bundle of joy has finally arrived!
Raistlin David born 4th Feb 04
29 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes Until Jaeven's 2nd Birthday!
54 days, 12 hours, 41 minutes Until Tristan's 3rd Birthday!
191 days, 12 hours, 41 minutes Until our 4th Anniversary!
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Posted: 21 Feb 2004 10:22 Post subject:
Well, I chickened out of phoning. I really do need to work through this stupid phobia. How will I get anywhere if I can't even use a stupid bloody phone?!
Anyway, I am going to try phoning NHS Professionals on Monday. I had worked up the courage yesterday but then other things kept me busy...
I have the prospectus's that I sent off for from Northampton University and Luton University. At the moment I'm think Luton looks more fun, but Northampton does do the BSc (Hons) course part time over 4 years... Aaarrgghhhh!!! What a choice! Although it's no real good looking at them from a perspective of which I would prefer to go too... I'll just apply to both and then see who offers me a place and what the benefits are to me and my family and of course, my education.
I am also thinking on a college front that I'd definately prefer to go to Bedford, but I think I may apply to MK on Monday depending on what the woman from NHS Professionals says about work...
I am really getting into this now. Figuring out childcare, finances, education, future prospects etc... And then questioning WHY I want to do this, making sure it's not for the wrong reasons (such as misplaced broodiness or "because I like babies!" as the girls at SMS would say!)...
Oh, that reminds me I'm meeting up with some fellow student midwives and access students on the 13th March for pizza and laughs!!! Should be good fun talking to people with the same interests and goals as myself, I can't wait!!!
Anyways, best be off...
Will update this again next week!