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A life update, and band tshirt day

Tshirt day
Tshirt day

Since I mentioned the promotion board on here I thought I’d better to a blog to say that I passed! Such a relief!

This puts me properly at the grade I’ve been working at for close to two years now on temporary promotion (called TRS), and means I finally get pay rises again (you don’t get those when you’re on TRS, you just stay at the bottom band of that pay scale forever), but more importantly it finally gives me job security – obviously TRS is supposed to be temporary so you can be chucked out of your job if someone fully at that grade comes along*. Anyway, I don’t want to go on too much about the particularities of Scottish Government staffing because that is really not that interesting.

But the point is now that I’ve passed it’s like a weight has been lifted. This constant, low level anxiety that I’ve been living with is just gone. I had no idea how much it’s been weighing on me, and how it’s affected all other parts of my life. Obviously I’ve been pretty preoccupied while I was preparing for this assessment centre, and then awaiting the results knowing I might have to do it all over again, even when I wasn’t actually working on this stuff, and I’ve found it hard to deal with some of the parenting stuff like the boys fighting. I’d absolutely not be cut out for a life of freelancing or short term contracts!

Now that’s all done and I don’t plan to even think about promotion again until the boys are at secondary school!

Photos are because of the BBC 6music band Tshirt day. I don’t really wear tshirts these days, but it was fun to go back to my early 2000s style for a day!

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Jessie 14 November 2017, 7:39 am

    Congratulations! I’m so glad for you that that’s behind you.

  • Christina 14 November 2017, 1:54 pm

    That’s great news and a well deserved achievement. Glad you feel that the cloud has lifted and life can resume x

  • Maria 15 November 2017, 12:43 pm

    Congratulations! It sounds amazing to have that cloud of worry lift and be gone.

    It’s so interesting how sometimes we don’t realise quite how much something is affecting us until after it’s gone – I think it’s almost a survival technique for getting through difficult times.

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