Return of the Blog...

Hi, 

Apologies for the lack of a blog in recent weeks. This situation arose when I just ran out of steam at the end of term - not just with the blog, but everything - and barely had the energy to keep on top of all the end of term admin, reports, concerts, etc... let alone deal with the PhD and the blog (which I treat as a kind of brain-loosener, warm-up activity, before the serious business of academic writing.) But now, after a short Easter break, I am back with a vengeance, planning to get up early (6am) and work until 2pm every day (except Sunday - I just need a day off a week for my mental well-being) throughout my Easter "holidays",    

So here I am - at my desk, as I was yesterday actually - but that proved to be a bit of a false start for reasons that I will explain... 

Just before the Easter weekend, a full-time lecturing job at a reasonably local HE institution came up in my inbox. (I receive alerts for "relevant" academic jobs automatically every day.) Not completely up my street but close enough to warrant an application. It needed a Masters degree but no PhD (unusual), 2 years of HE teaching experience (I have 14!), and in several other ways I fit the bill. I spent the Easter trip away thinking about the job and the feasibility - travel, etc... I looked up train times from various local stations, the walking distance from the station at the other end. I researched the job, the institution, the staff (a couple of whom I know), organised to chat to them "off the record" to get any inside information, talked to my present boss (at a very part-time job), arranged to have a reference from him, checked out the online application form, etc... Generally thought long and hard about how to sell myself on the application... 

Then yesterday, a day before the deadline for applications, I went to the job application form to find a note saying that the job advertisement was now closed (early), and "Thank you for my interest."  

Obviously they had an internal candidate lined-up, and were just going through the motions of advertising it externally - or was that just an elaborate April Fools gag. To add insult to injury, I received three more notifications of the same job from different sources throughout the day...  

What a crap system we have in this country! And what a total waste of time, energy and emotional investment - for me and every other mug out there who had been through the same process. At least I didn't fill in the extensive application form and make (yet another) personal statement, for it to disappear into the ether without trace or even acknowledgement. 

Onwards and upwards... apparently.

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