Jase and I are really stressed at the moment.
Poor Jase still has not found a job yet, and is quite down about it. However, on a positive note he met up with an agent today who assured him that the job market had been unusually quiet in his job sector over the last few months, but that things would pick up soon.
He said that she was impressed with his CV (just suggested minor tweaks only) and that the right job should come along soon as the job market apparently picks up towards Easter.
You can imagine that this is an excellent piece of news for us, as money has been very tight on my tiny part-time salary. Our mortgage repayments are currently HUGE, so you can imagine our worries.
Also positive (but equally stressful) is the fact that I will be starting my new role as a consultant in 3 weeks' time. I will also be going back to work full-time and have on-call duties, which will obviously impact on Lauren as she will be going to nursery 4 days per week instead of three. I'm sure she'll be happy with this (as she loves nursery!).
It's stressful because not only do I have to face a huge increase in my level of responsibility but also because my ways of working have had to change (being a boss instead of one of many workers at the coal face). I've had to learn ways of dealing with managers and senior colleagues (which I didn't really have to do before). The other consultants in the department have been supporting me in the last few months to learn these new ways of working, and although I think I have come a long way and learned a lot, I know I still have a long way to go.
The dummy run is effectively over and things start for real at the beginning of April. Very scary, stressful and exciting at the same time! I am so glad to be going on holiday tomorrow to recharge my batteries before then.