Where I work you don't get opportunities unless you are a coordinator. That pretty much means you stay part time. The person who handed those opportunities at the time had her favourites and, even though she put an email out "advertising" a position an hour later we were notified that that position had been filled. Anyway, after giving up and trying to get out of teaching and my marriage breaking down I went back to teaching...through necessity and worked for a just a few part-time hours. This colleague knew of my situation and approached me. I knew that she found it hard to deal with the mounting paperwork and the hyper accountability that teaching in Australia involves. I was hungry and organised and so I jumped at the chance that came up. I wasn't really looking toward the future. I had just wanted to make the best of the opportunity and do a good job. I'm full time now but I can't say I'm happy due to the way the system has moved. The government is defunding education and there is more paperwork required which undermines the core business of teaching. I guess I have to accept that this is the job. At least I still get to contribute to people's journeys and contribute to society in a positive way.
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