I’m having a change of career. Those of you who know me will know that I have needed a change from the IT field for quite some time, and having taken something of a sabbatical for the last couple of years, I’ve come to the conclusion that even if I wanted to go back into IT, there’s precious little IT work around here in mid-Wales; therefore, a change of field is necessary for practical reasons as well as simply a desire for a change. Having gone through an informal interview for a farm secretary position, it became clear that some bookkeeping skills would be helpful if I wanted to go for a similar position in the future, and that got me thinking that one thing that is always helpful in the land of farms and small businesses is bookkeeping. Therefore, I have signed up for a bookkeeping course with Open Study College, and registered as a student with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. My card arrived today – it’s very pretty.
The first unit of the course was a little disheartening; it was an awful lot of rules and regulations and trying to remember the dates of various acts of parliament. The second unit that I finished yesterday was much better; VAT calculations, checking invoices for errors, creating statements, etc. I actually went to find my calculator, which has been buried in a drawer ever since I did my SATs in the States in about 2005 – it even still works! I enjoyed it (I always did like maths) and got all the answers right for the end of unit test, so that’s even better.