And yet again it’s been absolutely ages since I wrote something here. I’ve been wanting to, but I’ve just been absolutely exhausted from working. At 30 hours a week I’m working more than I have managed for several years, and it’s definitely taking its toll on my energy levels. I know that 30 hours a week isn’t even a lot for a regular person, but you have to remember that I’ve not managed more than 20 a week for the past years, so it’s a huge number for me.
It’s a tiring job for sure. My class consists of young people in their final two terms, so they’re all 18-19 years old. All of them have some form of autism, as well as a multitude of other cognitive disabilities (and some physical ones). Several of them are non-verbal. The job is like none I have ever had before. (Obviously, since I’ve been working in an office all of my life!)
For the most part I enjoy the job, but it is definitely draining work. I’m also a bit weary of a few of our students since they are known to lash out, and you’re always at risk of getting hit, having your hair pulled etc.
The advantage to working in a school is that you finish fairly early (15.35 most days, when I don’t have training of some sort), and you have all of the school holidays. Sadly, the pay is quite bad, but the holidays might make up for it. For example, I had a week off after my first week and a half, since it was mid-term. Spring term is coming to an end at Easter, which means we have two weeks off before the summer term starts.
My contract is only until the end of the summer term (20 July), so I will give it until then to see how I’m enjoying it. I also, of course, don’t know if they will offer me a new contract after that either, so will have to see what the school says as well.
Other than that, I’ve had the cold from hell for the past two weeks. I guess it might be from working in a school, where there’s always germs and viruses flying around. Still, this was one of the worst colds I’ve had in some time. My voice is still not back to normal after two weeks, but at least the coughing has subsided now.
That’s all for this time. I will try to get better at writing again, even if just for my own sake – since I like having a record of what I’ve been up to.