Recently money’s been extremely tight, i’m only working roughly 20 hours a week minimum wage and my boyfriend can’t seem to get a job no matter how hard he tries, although he’s good at getting interviews for jobs he’s not completely qualified for surprisingly. When we first met he was in his first year of University and I was in my last, he quit his course though as he didn’t really enjoy it, I don’t think it was exactly what he was expecting.
Since then he’s been working at a sales job, basically being one of those annoying people who come to your door and try to sell you insulation. He didn’t really enjoy it and the long hours (he would usually work 10 to 12 hours in a day if not more) to make little to no money were just draining him. We knew he just couldn’t keep it up any longer. He decided to quit so he would have time to look for a new job, but hasn’t really had any luck.
Then he started thinking about university again. Maybe there’s a course more suitable out there? He began looking and almost immediately found a course right by us which sounds like exactly what he wanted to do in the first place! Unfortunately by this time applications had already closed and so we had to wait until clearing started. Luckily we heard that his course would be available when clearing opened so then it was a mad rush to get all his UCAS and Student Finance things filled in asap, followed by waiting. A lot of waiting.
Eventually it was time to ring up for clearance. The first day they were having trouble with their lines, he couldn’t get through. Then there was a bank holiday and so they were closed. It was so frustrating just having to sit and wait, not knowing if the course would be filled up or not.
Then yesterday he tried again. He kept ringing and ringing but the phone lines were busy and every time he managed to get through he’d give some of his details before being accidentally cut off! At one point he was left on hold for 40 minutes only to be cut off when the person came back…We were really not very impressed by this point.
When he eventually managed to get through again it went a lot faster. The guy on the other end seemed a lot more competent than the one who had left him on hold for 40 minutes! I tensely watched Ash’s face during the conversation until i heard ‘That’s great thank you!’ and saw probably the biggest smile i’d ever seen on his face.
After he hung up i asked ‘Well?’
His reply: ‘I got in’
It was so much of a relief, after so long just having to wait and so many annoyances and things seemingly going wrong. Now we just have to wait for the offer to come through on ucas and for Student Loans to confirm.
So as of October Ash will be enrolled on ‘Internet Application Development BSC’ (or to you and me – web development).
We celebrated by buying chocolate bars.
‘Till next time!