NVQ Drawing to the End?

After 4 hours spend with my NVQ assessor, I’ve done 14% more with a total of 75% complete. 2 more set meetings, which she says I may finish in February rather then March/April time when I first asked if I could finish any earlier.

I’m so glad it’s been moved up a month. It’s given me that light at the end of the tunnel feeling. That early next year I can potentially look for another job and tick completion of my NVQ off my goal list.

I Asked!

One of the things I’m not happy with in my life is the instability of my job. I seem to work a lot of hours a week without much of a return. Don’t get me wrong; I love caring for people. I need to do so in a stable, permanent, fixed hour position.

I would look for another job. I even have one in mind. One thing is stopping me. My NVQ. My current employer kindly paid for my NVQ. Meaning I had to sign a contract to say I would repay it back if I left before, 3 months after it was completed. After this time, I don’t have to pay them back.

I’m about halfway through my NVQ. I feel it is going slow. One: I haven’t done a lot to say I’ve got a qualification at the end of it. Two: I wish it was over. I’ve been wishing it would hurry up and end. Not good really with my fear of time.

This wishing isn’t gonna help me. Plus, wishing isn’t gonna get it done. I’m due to meet with my assessor on Friday. I’ve already sent an email asking if there was any way I could complete my NVQ sooner. I got a reply saying we’ll discuss on Friday.

I don’t know what my options are yet. I’ll have to wait until then. But instead of wishing, I took the risk and asked.

Job Questioning

I’m not really sure what to do about my job. I know I don’t wanna do it or should I say I don’t wanna be doing it how the role I’m in does the job. To begin with, I liked the driving about, being in different places all the time. I think the novelty has worn off.

I like caring for the customers. Helping them where I can. But it’s the travelling about and the unsuitability of being in the community I’m struggling with.

Each week is different. But not good different. In the sense, I don’t know what my rota is gonna say. I may have regular customers but I don’t have a regular pattern to my rota. Or when I feel I have one. It changes again.

I need structure, routine. Be able to know when and where I need to be in advance. Being able to plan things help me.

To be able to have a full day where I’m not anxious to look at my phone just in case its work. I need to be honest but I don’t wanna lose my job.

Anyone been in a situation like this?

The thing that’s stopping me from just looking for another job is my NVQ. My employer paid for my course fees. If I leave before three months after its completion, I have to pay them back.

I don’t know the cost. I did ask at the end of my module hand in email the cost but not sure whether they’ll be able to tell me. I have a week until the remote call. See what happens next week on the job front.


Well, I’m clearly having one of them weeks. Went to the office for my afternoon working. My manager had forgotten I was coming. No computer for me to use. The accused me of doing something I hadn’t done! Instead of the five hours, I had planned to be there, was there for half an hour.

Instead of the five hours, I had planned to be there, was there for half an hour.

I think that all who work on business computers know that they shouldn’t use them for personal use. Apparently, after I have left on Monday, a part of a CV was found/printed. So, I got the blame.

Out of all the colleagues, my manager only knows me who has worked with animals, has the qualifications in that field and lived in a different part of Yorkshire. Yes, there were similarities but I’m clearly not the only one.

Once I got home, I received an apology email. Due to the half an hour in the office, it had put me in a low mood. My anger manifests as low mood I think. I’m waiting until I reply.

Let’s hope next weeks trip to the office goes better.

Not much happened for the rest of my day. When not on calls, I watched telly. Fell asleep for an hour during one program.

I really need to put my mind into reducing my telly watching.

A piece of good news. The family has expanded again. A baby girl, my new cousin was born in the early hours of this morning. Now there is just my sister-in-law ready to go or pop. two baby girls down, we believe, a baby boy yet to come into the world.


Wishing Away

I feel a bit reserved this morning. Not sure why. Maybe because I have my NVQ assessor to observe me tomorrow. Just some nerves on what I have to do. I’ll be glad once it’s over.

Thankfully, I haven’t had to ring the office this morning on my first trip out. Will need to clarify about one of the new customers though. I felt it went better than yesterday. But I believe things need to change.

The weekend draws near. Cannot wait for my massage on Saturday.

An Anxious Day

I woke up early again to do some yoga. I was in good spirits. Then I arrived at my first customer. A new customer. It was like I’d never done the job before.

Neither of us knew how to or even the best way of getting dressed. When asking where things were the customer had no idea. Nor did the husband. It was like all three of us had walked into the house for the very first time.

Then from there, it took me fifteen minutes to do a three-minute journey. After multiple calls to the office. I finally found where I needed to be. By this time I was shaking inside. My chest tight with stress and/or anxiety.

Brave face on and my customer was portraying how I felt. Finding it hard to calm his poor lady. Who again I’d never met before. It was difficult. It’s OK when you know them and understands their ways in order to calm and distract.

This feeling had clouded over me for the rest of the day. Affecting my body, my mind and ultimately my job.

I clearly fell to telly this evening. Struggling with the reduce telly goal. O and I brought a caramel and chocolate flapjack and ate. No wonder the left of my lip is quivering.

A new day tomorrow.

A new start.

More Fool Me

Call it luck or the right way up. But when my alarm went off this morning. I did it. I got up. No hitting snooze or putting the alarm on for a later time.

I so totally have done that before.

Go me. I did all I had set myself to do. All was going well until I was driving to work. I started to feel the anxiety firing up in my chest. I had to breathe to stop myself falling apart.

But all for nothing.

It went well. I did have the shakes at times. Mainly when having to contact colleagues. It’s scary when I know how they are feeling. It’s like I’m a hypocrite. But I can’t help it as that’s my job role entails.

So, I’m going to try to prevent myself having to get in their business by doing the best job I can and help along the way when I can. Hopefully, we can find a happy medium.

Being home alone has been better this evening. Even did some of my jigsaw puzzle. Here’s hoping the fog is starting to lift. I only want to go upwards from here.

Writing is something I believe has helped. Getting the words that are floating around my head, out. Guess I didn’t wanna listen when my mum said “write your feelings down” when I was younger.

More fool me.