Sunday, 10 December 2017

Learning With New Skills Academy

As cliché as this sounds I'm just going to say it! You are never to old to learn something or return back to education. When I was in school and faced with making a decision ofwhat I wanted to do with life I literally had no idea. Well that's a lie I wanted to be a funeral director but my school were discouraging and pushed me towards hair and beauty, a course a later never attended too.

I have worked many jobs in my life my most rewarding job was being a support worker. A job that I feel is forgotten about and not appreciated by others, I personally think that all support workers deserve more recognition for the hard work they do. I was once asked why I was so tierd because wasn't I just a companion for the person I was supporting? I was quick to defend myself stating I had just finished a 24hr shift where my client who had schizophrenia had been having a bad day and refused medication, food and had been in an awful mood. I had to support them with what they wanted to do, cook and clean as well as complete my paperwork sort out the medication update files and finish my mental health course. This is a career where not many opportunities to further your education come up but when they did you bet you I wanted to be on them. I always strive to do my best and expand my knowledge.

Unfortunately when I had my daughter I just couldn't continue with be a support worker due to the hours. So I switched to being a retail assistant in a supermarket. It's not glamorous and definitely not as rewarding but it suits my family life. My only issue is, I don't want to just stack shelves for the rest of my life. I'm one of those people who needs more, more responsibility and paperwork. I love paperwork and organisation, I can't be the only one. The issue is I don't have much experience other than being a head housekeeper once upon a time and then working as a manager for 8 months. So when I saw an opportunity to work with new skills academy I just knew I had today yes.

I chose to study the retail management diploma. The course is broken down into sections and is open for 12 months meaning you can study at a pace that suits you. The website works on my phone aswell so when I have Eryn-Rose asleep on me I can just open it up and continue with my reading material. There is a few activities to take part in but these involve printing out but I guess you could just write them down if you don't have a printer. I've not yet come to the end of my course but I know there is an assessment to see if I have absorbed and understood all of the information given to me. I then get the option to pay £10 for my certificate or just print out a copy, for me I personally would like to pay to receive my copy as I think it will look better for future job prospects.

There are so many courses available on the website that I'm sure you will find something that will suit you. I would recommend to anyone who is wanting to further their education to go for it, you only live once so why not make the most of it.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Table Tot's A Seller's Day

The other week I had my first experience of being a seller at one of the Table Tot sales. I had a stack or should I say several sacks full of baby clothes and other items that were looking for a new home. A Table Tot sale is basically a car boot sale but indoor's and everything for sale is for children. I had been to many of these sales as a buyer and always enjoy going along even if I only have £20 as I always end up with a good bargain.

The night before the sale me and my sister bagged and tagged all the items and clothing that I was taking along. At first I found it a little tricky on what price to put as I obviously wanted to make money but at the same time I didn't want to seem too expensive, many of my clothing were marked at £1-£2 with a few designer outfits priced a bit higher. We placed all the clothing in separate bags as this would make it easier when setting up. I also made sure that I had enough change available, being a buyer in the past I knew that change was a definite must and decided that having £20 in just pound coins was enough.

On the morning of the sale we loaded up the car grabbed some drinks and snacks and made our way to the venue. Once we were there and registered we had to set up our table and make it look as inviting as possible, unfortunately we forgot the paper to write on which sizes were what which I think made it a little harder to attract potential buyers. We had a table with a 3ft space to the side which was the perfect size for what we had brought with us, we tried to follow the tips that we had read on the Table Tot's blog. Once we were set up I was happy with how it looked and I sat there feeling a little bit nervous, would anyone even buy anything?

Ok so our table could of looked a little better and I think it would of been much better if we hadn't forgot the paper for the signs. It was hard to pick which items to have at the front as I choose things that I loved and that I thought would sell well. In one sense I was right as many of the Christmas clothing did sell but then the snow suits (some of which had never been worn) didn't get much of a look in. I did get one women trying it on her child but she didn't end up buying it. I'm not going to lie it is a little upsetting when you see an outfit go and when you hear people say 'oh God no' as at one stage these were my daughter's things that we loved her wearing and have memories of. 

The first hour we seemed to get a lot of interest and a few sales then it dried up until the sale was nearly over and we then sold a few more things. We did make some money but I had hoped to sell a few more clothes mainly the Ted Baker item's. I think with it being close to Christmas people weren't as willing to splash the cash however this hasn't put me off of selling at another one in the future. 

We had a great time and it was a fun way to clear some attic space. I would urge any parent who wants a clear out to visit a sale to see what it is about then to book a table. You could use the money to treat the kids to a family day out or to just update their wardrobe. 

** Please note that we were given the table at the sale for free however this in no way affects the opinions expressed in this post as these are our honest thoughts on our selling experience.