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    Posted: 18 Feb 2004 10:32 Post subject: My path to a new career.

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    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!

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    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!

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    Woohoo!!!

    Well, I didn't call the woman at NHS Professionals today... Because she sent me an email... It's quoted below!

    Sarah
    I have put an application form in the post for you today.
    We provide temporary staff for Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, in Milton Keynes we supply nursing staff to the Acute Trust and the PCT.

    As you have no previous in Healthcare you would be required to attend a one week HCA course. This gives an overview of the role and provides basic understanding of the tasks involved, it also includes Mandatory training.

    If you wish more information please contact me on the number below.
    Woohoo!!!!! I am so excited! I'm really looking forward to the application form coming now and starting the 1 week course etc! I'm really looking forward to learning new things and earning a bit of money and helping people out when they're at their lowest! Can't wait!

    I also ordered a book from Amazon called Baby Catcher, which should hopefully arrive tomorrow along with the application form hopefully! Baby Catcher is supposed to be really inspiring so I'm looking forward to reading it and quite excited that it's the first of what will soon become a very large collection of midwifery books!!!

    Now all I need to do is get my application in to MK College... Hmmm....

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    sniff

    My application form and book didn't come in the post today... But I did go down to Aylesbury College to see if they're running the course too! Haven't had the chance to go through the prospectus yet so don't know whether they do or not but we'll see!

    Also I was telling Jax about this 1 week training course I'll have to do and she was saying it's normally done at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and is very basic but apparently you can take extra courses to train in other bits and bobs of healthcare... And, well, you know me! Anything to learn something new - especially if I enjoy myself!

    Better go for now, am trying to feed Raistlin, play with JJ and talk to Tristan all whilst typing this!!!!

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    Woohoo!!!

    My application form for NHS Professionals and my book (Baby Catcher) arrived today!!!

    I am going to start filling out the application form a bit later as the boys are being goats at the moment and probably wouldn't leave me in enough peace to be able to write properly!

    As for the book!!! Fantastic! I opened it, meaning to just have a quick skim through and bam! I'm stuck... Now I can't put the damn thing down. Just the acknowledgements had me giggling and I'm really enjoying reading it already.

    Oh, I went to Aylesbury College yesterday. What crap! They do, do the course I want to take but their idea of part time (and full time!) consists of 2 years of attending two nights a week plus a full day a week... Plus it costs loads more then the other colleges. Not saying anything about Typical Aylesbury!!!!

    Anyway, I'm going to go back to my book now! In theory I should hear from Bedford College tomorrow about the Access course I applied for... They say 10days from the time they recieve your application. Fingers crossed...

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    Well, I am just about to finish that application form for the HCA work at NHS Professionals.

    I haven't heard a peep from Bedford College. I think if I don't hear anything by next Friday I'm going to phone them to find out what's going on.

    Also on Monday I'm going to put in an application to MK College once and for all. What's the worst that can happen in all honesty. They offer me a place or they don't. I spend over £400 or I don't.

    I had a bit of a mini reading done last night at the last Open Circle and boh people said that they didn't think I'd ever be a Midwife. But they did think I'd work in a medical field, although for some reason they tought it'd be classed as an "alternative" medicine.

    I can't see it myself. I can well imagine working in a different medical field. To be honest my preferance is for Midwifery but so long as I am working in Medicine I'd be happy I think. It's what I feel drawn to do. But I have NEVER been interested in alternative medicine. Whilst I like to recieve Reiki Healing, I really am not at all interested in Refloxology or chinese herbal medicines or stiking pins in people's bodies... It all means nothing to me really, it's of no interest at all!

    Either way there is nothing I'd rather do at the moment, so I'm not going to let the opinions of a couple of Mediums put me off just yet. I will continue working towards my goal until/unless something else takes my interest.

    Better get off, am just trying to think of two suitable referee's!

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    Woohoo!!!!

    I got a letter today from Bedford College asking me to go along for a group interview for the Access course I've applied for!

    I'm ecstatic, as I'm confident now that I will get that place! I generally do really well in group interviews even though I hate them!

    I'm going to go down to MK College and apply there as well today.

    It's so strange as yesterday I had all but given up hope of ever hearing from them or getting a place and then today here comes my letter!

    My appointment is on the 27th April. Can't wait now!!!

    I've also got this meeting with some girls from the SMS website tomorrow which should be interesting and good fun. I did ask Jax if she wanted to come along as well but apparently Chris is working tomorrow so she can't. I'm going to go and get my hair done today so I look presentable for tomorrow I guess, otherwise I'll be the only one there looking like a slob! LOL

    Best be off!

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    I have finally got around to filling in the damn application for MK College. Tomorrow I am going to drop it in as Martin is working from home so I assume he can watch them for an hour whilst I visit the college.

    I just found another Midwifery website that I had no idea about. It's really good... http://www.withwoman.co.uk

    They do this trip to the states and various other workshops. I so badly want to be a Midwife, and as soon as I'm a student I will be signing up for these workshops. It's not that I want to be different or think I'm special it's just I think from my own experiences and the experiences of others I know that Midwifery care needs to move forward. It's moved forward in an amazing way since 25 years ago, 20 years ago even and now it's reached a stale mate. It seems to be all about the medical care and despite what people like to say, nothing about the woman and the natural process of birth. I would love to do anything within the Midwifery field, but my true interest is within natural home births and within the ante/post natal complications fields. The first I'm more interested in the hands on experience whereas the second I'm more interested in the research side.

    Oh... I don't know. I want to be a midwife so badly it makes me cry sometimes.

    I've wanted it for soooo many years. So many years. It seems impossible, knowing my nature, that I have wanted this for so long and until now been scared or convinced out of doing it. And now I am moving forward and getting on with it I just want everything to happen.

    And then I read of people who have been rejected from Uni for the 2nd year running and I think, what if that happens to me???? I know I'll keep going, and although I don't anticipate being rejected if it was to happen that way then I'd almost definately spend that time in study somehow... But God! I've been battling the Husband for almost 3 years into making allowances so I can do this... I hope to the bottom of everything I am that I don't have to battle a university to let me onto a course I would stick to. A course I would give my all too. A course I have been dreaming about (literally!) since childhood. A career I have never been so sure of.... How do you convince someone you've never even met that you would be right for that precious place when there are at least 200 other people who want it?????

    I'm getting so nervous. And yet I just want to get on with it. I know I'll enjoy this course. I know that I will NOT be dropping out of it. I know that unlike many others I will not be having accidents such as getting pregnant, deciding it's not for me, finding a different career, having financial difficulties, having time issues... None of those will happen to me because I have spent over 3 years PLANNING for this. And unless me and the husband split up (and that's not going to happen - even if things got really bad I know he'd at least see me through support wise until the end of my course) nothing will divert me from this course in life.

    I was born for this. And although it has seemed impossible for years, I will get there. Nothing and no one will stop me doing this.

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    Well, handed in my application form for MK College yesterday... Now it's just a case of waiting to hear. They'll probably send me a date for an Interview with them or an Open Evening like a group interview. They said you already have to be in employment to qualify for the course, but I applied anyway. I have applied for work, so surely that should count for something right?!

    We'll see. To be honest am not all that interested in going to MK, would much rather Bedford although in reality MK would be much better for convenience sake...

    We'll see...

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    Woohoo!

    Just won a book on Ebay that was recommended by a girl from the SMS website. I like a good recommendation so figured I'd have a read! It's called Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Hopefully should recieve it by next week!

    Happy Mothers Day to all the Mummies out there!!!!

    Love,

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    Argh!

    Bloody MK College. Now I remember why I don't want to go there. I just got a letter back from them with my application that I handed in saying that they can't process my application until their new prospectus is out in May.

    Oh well... That's organisation for you. Typical of MK, nobody can be bothered to get off their arses and do their damn jobs.

    Grrr...

    I'm just about to send an email to NHS Professionals asking about my application. I assume because I've not been rejected yet that the application form I sent was good. But I know they haven't spoken to any of my references and they can't move on from the application form and offer me an interview until they do... So gonna email them and give them a bit of a push!

    I'm also just drafting up a letter to send the the head of midwifery at MK General to see if I can tail someone around for a day or two or do some voluntary work on the maternity wards for a week so I can gain an insight into what life will be like as a midwife!

    Fingers crossed!

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