These past few weeks I have been getting myself organised to start Uni next week. It is exciting and a bit scary too! I didn’t have the opportunity to go to Uni when I left school. I didn’t consider it as an option. When I was growing up the expectation was to:
- go to teachers’ college to become a teacher
- go nursing
- work in an office
- work in a shop
I had no idea what I wanted to do and stumbled into working in retail until I got married and then became a “house-wife“. My role was to cook and clean and produce babies. It wasn’t until I was thirty with three young sons and a divorce that I came face to face with reality – I needed a job!
I started some adult education courses and gained entry into university to study English and Aboriginal and Intercultural studies. I perservered for one year (part-time) but I found it too difficult studying and being a single parent. I withdrew from my course. That was over twenty years ago and a lot has happened since then!
Fast forward to 2012 and the opportunity to study is here once again. I have enrolled in an online university course called a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing. It has four units and they are:
- Writing applications, tenders and proposals
- Writing scientific, technical and business reports
- Communication practices
- Production, editing and design
Is this a good choice of course to improve my writing? Time will tell, I guess. I could have taken on a creative writing course that would have cost me a lot less. I am more daunted with the creative process than the business type of course I have chosen. I can relate too well to many of the tragic poets who focus their writing on lost love and death!
Do I want to get paid work in this field after I have finished the course? I don’t know really. I do know that I am enjoying getting organised, printing out the modules and assignments, setting up my office to suit the changes, thinking about organising my time. I work two days a week and I plan to work on my course for two days a week (or equivilant hours). I want to do it mainly for personal enjoyment and to improve my skills. Getting a qualification has appeal too.
So it all starts next week!!!! It will be a turning point for me and a big change to my weekly schedule. I am really grateful to have the time to do something like this.
I want to keep writing my blog and keep in touch with other bloggers and readers – I get a lot from the blogging experience. It keeps me sane 🙂
Cheers for now
- Declaring Myself (thornynotprickly.wordpress.com)
- Who Am I ? (swanscopywritingservice.wordpress.com)