For this year at least.
When I first started applying I asked my mum if we’d be able to move back in to the family home, knowing I wouldn’t be able to afford to run a house on a part time wage and study at the same time. “No problem” was her reply.
They have a really strange system for teacher training applications here that limit the number of courses you can apply to. 18 months after asking my mum if we could move back, I got on to my course. 3 days later she sold the house.
So 6 weeks in to my course we had to move. Yet again I was in the position of trying to find the money to pay over £1,100 a month for bills to run a house alone … but only being able to work 20.5 hours a week on minimum wage while having to find the extra to fund travel to college and pay for any resources I needed for my lessons (even photocopying).
The ridiculous part is it’s classed as a part time course. If I was full time then I wouldn’t have to pay council tax at all and I’d get about £10,000 a year to help towards living costs. As it’s part time I still have to pay full council tax and get nothing to help out … even though this year I’m expected to be in college 5 days a week.
So there it is. Looks like the hope of a real career and a decent wage is over (for this year at least). I guess it’s time to start seeing if there’s any work at the local pie factory …