The two-year qualification I took in the early 90’s was an excellent way to learn the basics. Unfortunately in my particular area, that qualification, though difficult to achieve and arduous to maintain, is not very well respected. Whether it’s because it’s mostly studied by women, I’m not sure. One of my business associates once called it a Ladies’ Knitting Circle. That was many years ago, but I do think that the reason why exemptions are rarely given at the right level for this qualification is that my Association is undervalued.
Hey ho, I sound bitter, don’t I? But I’m actually not. I have finally decided that I will bite the bullet and spend the next two years or so studying (something which I thrive on – I’m an eternal student). I am, after all, in a far better position to do it now than before: I have much more time than I did when we had the business, and of course, the children are no longer small.
The only worry is my writing: I know it’ll suffer. But, the urge I have to produce fiction is so strong that I think it’ll survive. In the past year when I’ve combined writing with working part-time with something totally different, I’ve found that I’ve been more productive than ever. Perhaps it’s the effect of this blog? Or because there no longer are any school children in the house? I don’t know. What I do know is that I will get that qualification, at last, even if it kills me.
Besides, you never know, I might even learn something.