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Week 27, Day 2: Needing a day off!

Published August 26, 2014 by Katier Scott

This weeks blog is a day late as I spent yesterday at Oulton Park as a Marshal for the Gold Cup. What an amazing event, despite the weather, with a wide variety of cars on track. The highlights for me were seeing double BTCC champion, John Cleland, racing in the super tourers in a car he raced back in BTCC days, seeing him come full chat over the crest at Druids was amazing. But I think that was eclipsed by the penultimate race which featured F5000 cars going full chat in the rain – the noise bouncing off the tree’s at Warwick bridge was amazing and the two lead cars just looked crazy as they barrelled down the undulating straight flat out at well over 100mph through the spray – unforgettable sight!!

Transition wise things are ticking along, boobs are slooowly growing and still remind me of it everytime I go to bed – yep I still sleep on my front; or at least try to!!

I’ve got my latest appointment at Sheffield which highlights just how good they are once in the system compared to Charing Cross. At Charing Cross I had 2 appointments seperated by over 6 months, Sheffields appointment in late September is less than 4 months after the first in very early June!!

September is still looking fairly busy although I’m having next weekend off as I need it after such a bonkers July and August. Might give me a chance to put some serious guitar practice in :).

 

 

 

 

Week 26 Day 1 – Halfway Through!!

Published August 18, 2014 by Katier Scott

I can’t believe it but I’m halfway through this crazy ass project!!

I started it 6 months ago when starting hormones and believe my dad when he didn’t expect me to keep it going. But I have, I’ve been late on the odd week and occasionally struggled a bit with motivation to keep going.. but I’ve done it – I’ve made the half way point!

I’ve recently gained quite a few new readers which is great so thankyou to everyone who’s shown interest. For those who may have just picked up on a random post but not read the entire project – this blog is supporting an intended book project documenting the changes that hormones are having on my body. 

The blog is intended as random wafflings in the hope it gains interest in the project and ultimately helps people understand being transsexual and you never know.. maybe even sell some books!!

This weekend I spent at my parents and had a really chilled weekend before the utter craziness that will happen next weekend where I’m doing marshaling on Saturday and Monday, sandwiched with working on Sunday and going to a small music festival.

So yep my busy crazy lifestyle has not changed a single bit and it’s still moving at 110% which I’m enjoying immensely although by the middle of September it’s likely to taper off as a lot of my current activities are definitely summer based. But my music side will continue to develop and I’m sure I’ll figure something to keep me busy!!

If anyone has any questions, comments or feedback please shout up and I hope your enjoying this little project of mine. 

See you next week!!

Week 25 Day 2, Jobs…

Published August 12, 2014 by Katier Scott

One thing I often hear is the difficulty Trans people have getting jobs, as if it’s directly linked to them being Transexual/living full time in their proper role.

While it’s absolutely true that there is still prejudice out there and being trans can have an effect, I firmly believe that most of the problems are related to exactly the same factors that face all job seekers.

So I thought, as I’m currently working on a bunch of job applications for promotion at work it might be a great time to look at this topic.

So what work have I done as a Transwoman?

I’ve done Charity work working with 5-8 year olds.

I’ve worked as a Journalist.

Customer facing work helping University Students.

Worked in Admissions in a University.

Done voluntary work at a major event – again customer facing.

Run market stalls and car boots.

Most of which, as you can see, has been customer facing and I’ve NEVER had problems with customers. Sometimes they’ll mis-gender and when they do you HAVE to develop a thick skin, but remember most of the time (if not essentially all of the time) they will be doing it accidentally.

So why do Transpeople have problems getting jobs?

Well I firmly believe the main problems are two fold, but essentially come down to a single issue – Lack of confidence. This means their job applications may be poor – caused by ‘I won’t get it’ mentality, and then if they DO get an interview being nervous and interviewing poorly.

Now I will say I’m no expert but I’ve had about 15 interviews since starting transitioning and in ALL cases I can confidentially say I’ve failed to get jobs purely because others interviewed better or had better skills/experience.

So what tips do I have?

I think the lessons I’ve learnt come down to :-

1) Confidence – the job market is TOUGH you have to keep fighting. That’s fact regardless if your age, gender, colour etc.

2) Get people to proof read and check your personal statements – make sure to match each to the personal spec.

3) Think of good supporting examples and any questions they might ask in the interview.

Remember you don’t have to put gender in and indeed in most cases it’s not asked for these days. But if it is and you feel obliged to put it – then put the gender in your living in role as. So in my case female – and similarly there is no need to fill in anything revealing your Trans if you don’t wish to.

At interview just do the same as everyone else, dress appropriately, and be confident.

Good luck!!

Week 24 – Day 3 – Late and Boobs

Published August 6, 2014 by Katier Scott

I thought I’d post a quick show of progress so far. I wanted to keep it work safe so no topless I’m afraid perves!!

Boobs (1 of 1)

As you can see my boobs are definitely noticeable.

Now this one is probably the scariest photo I’ve ever published. As you can see I’m receding and as such not sure if I’ll keep this one up.. as I really don’t like comparing without hair. BUT there is a purpose I wanted to show whether my hair had improved over the 6 months on hormones. A friend of mine felt it had, but I’m not so sure!!

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