Today is the launch of Armchair BEA for those of us who can’t travel to the Book Expo America in New York City.
Today’s topic is about moving beyond the blog in terms of freelancing, monetising etc. None of those apply to me exactly but what the blog has encouraged me to consider is going back to school to earn a diploma in library studies.
When I finished high school I wanted to study to become a librarian but the only place the course was available was out of state. Instead I chose to do a Bachelor of Teaching degree and taught young children for 8 years until (technically) becoming a stay at home mum when my third child was born. I have always worked part time though – I teach photography and photo-editing to adults in regular courses and I design and sell digital scrapbooking products online as well as doing freelance graphic design work sporadically. When my youngest child started school last year I had to start thinking about going back to work full time sooner rather than later and to be honest, going back to teaching children is not something I want to do.
The blog has confirmed that my original career goal is what I want. I have had to adjust my dream slightly. I can’t afford to go back to university to do a second degree, and once again distance makes it impossible anyway but TAFE (college) does offer a one year online course for a certificate in library studies. It’s expensive at $2200 which is an issue, and next year my oldest daughter is in her final HSC year at school which will require my support, so I am aiming to study in 2014. After I gain my certificate in library studies, I will then aim for the diploma (for which the certificate is a prerequisite), which is a two year course, hoping to work in my local library.
So that is me, moving beyond the blog… but hopefully not leaving it behind.