Jane is a House Manager for Select English manages up to 12 students, ensuring that they have a cooked breakfast and evening meal, as well as maintaining the house. The House Manager is on call 24 hours and cooks for 5 working days.
How did you get into House Managing?
My background is in nursing, which is a caring role and I wanted something that still allowed me to carry on caring without the stress of nursing. I heard about the role through a nursing friend who told me about her daughter working at an English Language School in Cambridge.
Do you use your nursing skills in the role?
I do, but I use my own personality which is great. I have always wanted to work in a caring role and am quite old fashioned. I enjoy cooking, cleaning and essentially being a House Mother.
How do you balance House Management and House Mothering?
Management is very specific and I follow all the policies/procedures and keep up to date with paperwork. I have to keep my first aid and fire marshal training up to date and I keep to a budget for shopping. The ‘mothering’ part is where I get to add personal touches, I celebrate all their personal occasions and if they tell me about cultural occasions then I decorate the house accordingly and we all celebrate together. And just like a parent would, they have curfew’s which are set by age. So a 15 year old is 10:30pm.
Finally, do you enjoy working for Select English?
I have never been so content in a job and will do this until retirement. I really believe that Select English is doing a fabulous job in bring international students together and I think this is important for the future. Seeing other cultures unite and work together is just beautiful.