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Katie - full-time mum, free-lance writer, HR manager, primary school teacher
Name: Katie
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: HR; primary school teaching; full-time mother; freelance writer
Year of graduation: 1999
Date of Interview: 23/06/2008

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Katie discusses her current role, how it has evolved and how it may develop in the future.

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Can you tell me what your position is at the moment?

Yeah I'm officially a full-time mum, I look after my kids, you know full-time; I've got a three-year-old and a one-year-old but I also do some free-lance writing which I do in my own time, for a franchise company. I tend to write things like their manuals, their class notes. I do their intranet and their internet. I write a lot of promotional things for them, that kind of thing. I do some market research for them. I research, I do child development research for them er that kind of stuff.

How did you come across that job? 

Purely by chance, through an exercise group (laughter) by week two, after I'd had my first baby, there was someone there was asking for some, it was actually for some secretarial support and I thought it would be a good idea to have a bit of a part-time job that I could do in the evening so I went along and then I spoke about my background, about the writing and the doctorate and the corporate stuff and also the teaching and it all seemed to merge into one, it was perfect for this organisation er and so I started er writing for them. I write songs for them, poems for them, stories, anything they want really.  

Had you done any creative writing before?

Er not in an official capacity but I taught year 6 when I was at primary school, er when I was teaching at primary school and of course a lot of that is about creative writing, teaching the kids to do it, so I had that kind of background, but that was about it really. 

And how much of your time does it take up? 

It's really handy in that it's completely flexible if I only want to do two hours a week then that's fine, but I try to average about 12 hours a week, mainly working in the evening and a couple of hours at weekends, sometimes if I manage to get their naps co-ordinated and they sleep for a couple of hours then I manage to do it during the day as well.

Would there be an opportunity to extend your hours and work full-time for them?

Yes. Yes they're very anxious that I do and have offered to pay childcare and all that kind of thing to enable me to do it but the problem is they couldn't pay at this stage, more than teaching would pay me and if I was prepared to put my children into childcare then I may as well go back to teaching and at the moment, I have thought about that quite a bit, especially now actually, after the second one, I'm missing teaching quite a lot and I do think 'should I do that?' but it's really important that I'm at home, for me it's really important that I'm at home and teaching my kids rather than teaching other people's kids so er what I'm looking for in a job right now, is to be able to do it in the evenings, part-time, whilst I look after the children full-time, so I haven't taken them up on it, yet.

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