I actually did something useful and earned some money while doing so! I know, I can barely believe it myself. Borig, self-congratualtory post ahead – you have been warned!
As part of my habit of accumulating useless qualifications, I completed a City and Guilds 7303 Course – Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Basically, this means I’m qualified to teach adult education classes, and along with my FAW (first aid at work) certificate, means I can train First Aid. It’s actually something I really enjoy. I have a passion for the subject and a genuine belief that it’s something everyone should know. If I had my way, I’d make it a cumpulsory part of the National Curriculum, but then children may actually learn something useful at school and we couldn’t possibly have that…
I’ve only ever used the qualification to train voluntarily which is good but doesn’t really pay the bills. So, about a month ago, in a flash of inspiration I spammed a load of local first aid training providers with my CV. I fully expected to hear nothing, but two companies actually got back to me and wanted to use me. And unlike the NHS or SJA, require no health declarations whatsoever. Yay! One wants to use me for assessments and is taking it really slowly and making me observe lots first, which is fine but again doesn’t pay.
The other has just thrown me straight in there training a 2 day FAW refresher course. So today I went from my usual habit of doing absolutely nothing to spending 7 hours explaining CPR, bleeding, bones and other joys to 10 people. I am completely knackered but really, really proud of myself. Given I am a shy person, who refuses to make phone calls and prefers sitting in silence to having to actually make conversation, to stand up in front of that many people and keep their attention for a whole day is a phenomenal achievement. I know I sound like I’m showing off and to be honest I am but it’s so rare of late for me to actually achieve and even better enjoy something.
Tomorrow morning’s the last part of the course and then the assessor is coming to test them in the afternoon. I really hope they all pass and more importantly, I hope they give me good feedback on the comments forms. To be honest, it’s quite hard to fail but the feedback is so important to me. For a start, it will give me a major confidence boost to feel I’m good at something and secondly there’s a chance of more work if I can impress the bloke in charge.
I felt it went OK. People were getting quite bored and distracted towards the end, but I’m trying to convince myself anyone would be like that after sitting through an all day course. I also know I talk a lot and tend to intersperse a lot of random semi-relevant anecdotes throughout my training. I’ve just got my fingers crossed I din’t put them off completely. But wow, am I knackered now. I forgot how hard it is to spend all day on your feet . I feel it may be a night for takeaway!