Excepting for the first four or five years of my life, I have really never ever been without a job.
As I grew older that extended to include more sophisticated jobs like cleaning dad‘s tool shed, maybe greasing the tractor, Looking after fuelling vehicles on the farm, and so on.
From the age of 15 through 17, I was at a college that required students to offset part of their fees by working; Working was deemed to be good for the soul. In that context, I worked at picking fruit, emptying bins, again collecting eggs but this time from the college’s poultry farm, and carrying out other tasks on the College farm.
For the following four years after receiving my Leaving Certificate I worked on my father‘s farm. That included ploughing, combining seed into the ground, harvesting, turning super bags, cleaning out the fowl house, grubbing doublegee plants out of growing crops, and stone picking in the off-cropping season in order to remove obstacles from the ground that would impede the cultivation in preparation for cropping and various other things.
I also helped run Vacation Bible Schools for my church, was a sometime lay preacher, a youth worker, and various other activities of a religious nature.
In 1968 and approaching the age of 22, I got lucky and managed through the help of a wonderful Education Minister in Western Australia (Edgar Lewis the member for our electorate) to get into teachers college from where I graduated two years later with a teacher’s certificate.
Then came my occupational job for life. After five years in Western Australia working for the Education Department in remote schools, we came to the Northern Territory. I was a teacher and school principal in five locations, two remote one town and two urban from that time until I retired in January 2012. I was ever so glad and still am, for the chance to be a part of educational delivery in WA and the NT.
Since retiring, I have discovered blogging, and LinkedIn, and enjoy writing to share ideas with others, giving back I hope, in the same way as people gave to me during my career.
That will probably continue for the rest of my life.
I’ve also, since 2012 (and actually back in the 1980s as well), worked with our university in teacher education as a part-time lecturer, observer of trainee teachers, editorial leader and marker of assignments. I also did a bit of work online in the later part of my time with Charles Darwin University, with students who were teachers in
These days, I spent some time acting as The Editor for my grandchildren who are getting into the upper secondary levels of schooling. I’m happy to do that, because they’re sort of assistance that students need these days from teachers is often not provided – I guess I was lucky back in my time is the student when that first hand contact and into personality was the part and parcel of teaching and learning; not just the downloading of material online, giving it to students, And telling them to do this or that or the other project and research.
I also am in “urban farmer”. I grow pawpaw plants from seed, give away the plants and also give away fruit. It’s my part of helping people and it’s done gratis.
It’s true to say I have never really been without a job.