Finally i am competent!! For those who don't know, i've been working on producing 3 large lever arch files of proof that i can do my job as a housing officer! They are pretty much compulsory, however they don't push you all that hard to do it unless they suspect that you actually don't know how to do your job (because it speaks volumes about your commitment to your job if you are prepared to produce all this stuff!). However, i must confess that although i don't mind doing it - because i knew i had to, but mostly because there is monetary reward for it!! The first folder and a half i got a decent payrise, the rest of the folders get me a much much larger payrise, and now next year i should be at the top of my earning potential in this job, and not only that, i now go into senior officer grade - but no i don't actually get a new job title!
With these folders however was a grilling session in room with two managers - i guess they have to prove that i can not only write about this stuff, but that i actually do know it. It was tough. the questions were about obscure things that i deal with maybe once a year or even less often. The chances are, next time i come to deal with this stuff, i'll have to look it up to make sure the policy hasn't changed anyway!
But anyway, its all over - and now i have done it, i can listen to everyone else moaning about having to do theirs with a smug look on my face!