Just submitted my Dip. Ed. application to VTAC and I can report that the process, while swifter thanks to the internet, is still as confusing and nerve-wracking as it was a decade ago when I first applied for uni. In common with tax forms there is something about the way VTAC application instructions are written (clauses within clauses, feints within feints) that makes my brain stall. The constant peremptory pop-ups don't help, either. Clearly I ought to have foregone the study of literature, history and philosophy and instead taken a degree in Advanced Form Filling-Out, although that probably would have required me to fill out extra forms.
Anyway, it's done now, fired off into the ether, leaving me to worry whether some piddling mistake or other - failing to tick a box, say, or provide my correct shoe size - might disqualify me. In addition to being frazzled, I'm also a bit annoyed that I had to pay a $33 fee when current Year 12 students get their applications processed for the bargain rate of $24. What possible justification is there for this discrepancy? Yet another reason to dislike teenagers and thank god I'll be teaching primary school. That's if I get an offer.