It's been a while since I last ventured into the blogosphere. After a lot of stress and anxiety, I ended up quitting the PhD. That happened early last year and after a couple of weeks of searching I was lucky to find some work for the tax season as a receptionist at H&R Block.
In the end, that ended after only a couple of months as a recruitment agency I had signed up with found a temp role in the public service that they thought I may be suited to. I interviewed for that role and was successful, and I ended up spending eight months doing that. Some longer-term positions in my team were advertised, and I picked up a fixed-term contract so I am now directly employed with sick leave, annual leave and access to employer benefits. Whoop, whoop! So I know what I'll be doing for the next 12 months, which is a great place to be considering how pear-shaped everything became when I was struggling to finish the PhD.
I still have a lot of PhD-related work to do, and I'm hoping to clear most of that over winter while the weather is less favourable and staying in becomes the preferred option. It should also help that I won't be losing time looking for work in the immediate future.
So I'm going to try to get back into blogging, but we'll just have to see how everything goes.
And I've resumed drinking coffee, but still drink plenty of tea (I keep three varieties at my desk, but I'll leave that for another day).