I remember in 2008 when the redundancies in my college were just about to influence my job. More specifically, my post was being reduced to a 0.5 unless I could evidence reasons for keeping it full time.
It wasn’t the fault of the senior team, nor was it that I wasn’t doing my job well. Like many others in the FE sector, cuts to funding entailed streamlining the service.
But it meant that I was now in a state of frenzy – as a lone parent of two children (and a mortgage) it was impossible to consider a 0.5 role. The feeling of insecurity was enormous, and I needed to fight like an alley-cat to maintain my position.
Luckily I was able to make a strong case, we adjusted my workload (and by that I mean I took on a monumental amount of additional responsibilities) and things seemed better. But were they?