Trainee Electrician Blogs Her Way Through The Wiring Regulations

by Steve on October 7, 2011

I’m sure we’ve all felt like “dousing our copy of the regs in something extremely flammable” at some stage in our electrical lives. Well, that’s what Sharky Sparky considered as she struggled to “make friends” with the wiring regs. Sharky’s blog about her journey to become an electrician will be an inspiration to anyone trying to stay focused and keep on track with their electrical training. Here’s one of her blog posts: 

No Fairies Allowed!!

It’s been a while since my last post as the muck up fairy has been around waving her little wand, and scattering a few obstacles in my path, here and there of late. I had to take a little time out to try and deal with a few issues whilst trying to keep up with some study. Thankfully, along with my little fairy friends challenges, there has also been some positive things happening.

I got the module 09 assignment in and am now studying module 10, so not too long now until I will get my dates for my first 2 weeks at the training centre. I’m really looking forward to getting there, and the worry about finding the money for the accommodation has been resolved thankfully. I received a donation of some switch plates, socket plate, FCU plates and lamp holders towards getting my boards up and running, and along with the C.U that was kindly donated, and some other items that are soon to come my way, the boards should soon be a welcome addition to my studies.

I am now also the lucky holder of a years subscription to the Learning lounge, which was also kindly donated towards helping me with my studies, and I must say I am finding it extremely useful! I really would recommend it to anyone who is studying towards being a sparky. The videos and interactive quizzes are a great aid to learning and I’d be more than happy to part with the subscription fee for such a useful tool. The fact that the quizzes are interactive is great in that after completing one, your weak points are then brought to your attention, along with a list of recommended materials for you to consider spending time on. The video’s aren’t too long, and the video content is well put together and easy to follow. All in all, a very useful learning aid and I’d really tell anyone thinking of subscribing to go for it. There is a link to the learning lounge provided here on my blog page, along with links to other useful sites.

I am gradually coming to appreciate BS7671 2008 (The dreaded wiring regs) more and finding it less daunting to navigate than I did when I first opened it up and thought it was written by the same guy who created the Enigma code. So, I’m actually a little bemused to think that the first amendment will soon be published and it will be a case of starting again. Although, it may well not be so daunting when it arrives now that I’ve started to make friends with the current book. I plan to keep the current one as some strange sort of keepsake as and when the new one arrives, where as a few months ago I would happily have doused it in something extremely flammable and chanted prayers over it to ward off it’s evil. So I guess in a way, slowly but surely I’m getting a little more confident in what I’ve set out to achieve and am enjoying the journey.

The past few months have brought home just how important it really is to keep giving yourself a shove when home studying, There has been particular moments where life can have a habit of throwing all manner of reasons at you to just put off studying and it’s important to keep it in the front of your mind that the end result is going to depend on you keeping at it. It’s far to easy to get into a rut of waiting for a better moment to go back to it. I came into 2011 thinking this was going to be a wonderful year where everything would go right, and undoubtedly there’s been a lot of positive things that have spurred me on, but there’s been some pretty rubbish things thrown in for measure and I’ve learnt it’s important to have to really sit myself down here and there and give myself a good kick up the rear to look at the bigger picture. Life has a habit of being totally unpredictable, but if you’re setting out to do something to better your life, you have to keep at it no matter what comes your way, and the best thing you can do is to get up and get on with it. All in all now, my expectations for the rest of 2011 may be a little lower, but my expectations of myself are higher to make up for it. No matter what, no matter how hard it can be at times, and however the odds may seems sometimes stacked against you, the only person who can get you over the finish line is you.

I’ve spoken to a few people who find it hard to keep up with the study and for all the difference of opinion regards studying at home, it really does take a hell of a lot of self discipline, and quite a bit of understanding and respect from those we live with, to ensure we get the time and space to concentrate on it. There are so many things that can stand in the way of sitting down and being able to apply yourself solely to your studies; be it kids running round, the T.V, the phone, the neighbours, various people turning up, the dog barking, being tired from work, along with life’s little muck up fairy popping in with her not so welcome wand. To have the self discipline to get through these barriers is no small feat at times. So to those of you out there who are finding it hard to sit down to the books, a big hug and a even bigger nudge. Get the books out and let’s get cracking. The end result depends on it!

You can read more from Sharky Sparky on her blog:


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Sydney Electrician March 20, 2012 at 01:47

It is undoubtedly there’s been a lot of positive things that have spurred me on. I’ve learnt it’s important to have to really sit myself down here and there.

Manda October 29, 2011 at 13:25

Hi Mark.
Thank you. It’s good to hear you got there, and I wish you all the best in your new job!! It’s nice when people can share their experiences, and I appreciate it very much. I love the learning, and feel the path I’m on now is exactly where I was meant to be.

Mark Keilaus October 27, 2011 at 13:29

SUCCESS! It will be worth it in the end. I am a self employed mulitskilled person Got all my qualifications 2382 2392 2330 2400 etc wanted to get into inspection & testing, sent cv after cv & presented myself at companies No joy was about to give up & do something else whan a few weeks ago I got a job for United Utilities as an Electrician they phoned me. So all the pain of learning and applying will pay dividends in the end Mark

Manda October 8, 2011 at 17:55

Thank you for the post. I’m grateful and hope it helps others on the same path. Just getting back into the swing of study now. 🙂

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