As some of you already know, I’m Ritchie and I’m one of the Work From Home Educators here on the giffgaff community although I’ve been a member of the community for many years but I’ve only been a giffstaffer for a few months starting in September of last year.
Sadly I have to announce that my last day at giffgaff will be on Friday 28th February. I’ve had the most amazing time here, even though it's been very short. It's honestly been a dream come true to be able to work for giffgaff & with our amazing members.
As some of you may also know from my first announcement on the community a few months ago, I had just started my 1st year at university in another country. I didn’t at that time imagine how hard it would be to juggle my studies alongside work. It turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. As much as I wanted to put 100% of my effort into the community it was just not possible with studies for my degree, I wouldn't want to provide anything other than my best for all you lovely members so its with that in mind I’m going to be saying goodbye..
As a previous member, I couldn’t imagine the amount of work that the educators and rest of the community team do to keep the community up and running. I expected that the job would be challenging, testing and stressful at times but little did I know the amount that actually goes on behind the scenes to benefit members. I really took for granted the amount of effort that each educator puts into their job & the community and how much each and every single one of them cares for the community and each individual member.
Looking at my time on the community team and writing this post, I wanted to share my insight into life as an educator. It's not as easy as I originally thought. It's a tough and demanding job which requires a lot of patience & understanding. The team is dedicated and always happy to help you out. If you are considering joining the team, have a chat with any of the educators to get an understanding of the job as this will help a lot. I can tell you that each and every member of the team are absolutely lovely and I’ve developed friendships which won’t be disappearing anytime soon and I intend to stay in touch with everyone. They’ve been there for me when times at university and living away from home got tough and have supported me through it all, and for that I am so grateful. I genuinely feel like a better and more mature person because of my short experience here. Not only have I developed amazing friendships with the team but also with lots of you amazing folk who I’ll be keeping in touch also 🙂
This will not be goodbye forever and I hope that in the future, I’ll be able to jump back in again - who knows??