STAY HOPEFUL


Good morning, GOOD morning. After numerous job applications and interviews, and having almost given up hope, I have finally been offered a job that I’m genuinely excited about. Staying within Further Education was not a sensible longterm option and I’m looking forward to taking the job as Head of Music in a school. The role will be challenging but I believe it’s the right move for me. The most exciting thing is that the salary is higher and the commute is both shorter and cheaper (by £500 a month) – I feel like I’ve won the lottery!

It hasn’t been easy over the last 3 years; working long hours and having nothing in the bank account to show for it, but I did have some opportunities at Andover College which have helped me to develop. I will look back on the positives and I’m thankful for the equality role (however frustrating at times), the incredible students and the few staff who understood me (or tolerated me!)

Now all I have to do is get last bits of coursework graded. The main point I want to make is that life is a challenge and we can feel like giving up when all we find are high walls surrounding us. I felt stuck and at times hopeless. I persevered despite self-doubt and it has worked out at just the right time. Stay hopeful, no matter how stuck you feel.

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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