Over the course of my 36 years, I have held many different jobs, I guess you could say I am a little indecisive.
I started my first job at the tender age of 11 and over the next 20 odd years I have earned a crust in the following professions:
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Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of the lessons I learned in many of these professions in a series called “Career Lessons Learned.”
Choosing a career is an exercise in matching your natural abilities and interests and identifying skills you can monetize, which you can envision yourself doing for a number of years, maybe even for the rest of your life.
If only we were cats, the options are so much easier:
Part of the reason I found it so difficult to settle on a career path was that I was trying intently to escape my pre-determined fate of becoming a teacher. The very fact that I had wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl, lining up my teddy bears for attendance, had convinced me that it wasn’t the right path for me. It was too expected and so I fought quite hard to find other career opportunities and enrolled in courses that challenged my skills and natural interests.
After 3 months of following a very science-heavy curriculum (I saw myself as a Gorilla’s in the Mist- Dian Fossey type character.) I realised I just didn’t have the aptitude or interest in a career in the sciences and managed to switch to English Lit, Media, Communications and Film studies.
I still wasn’t convinced that a career in Education was for me so when it came time to apply for universities I went rogue and applied for a degree in Herbal Medicine.
Yup, Herbal Medicine. What was I thinking? When I arrived at the campus for the information night, I experienced my first ever panic attack. The professor explained that I wouldn’t be accepted on to the course without Science credits, there had been a mistake in the guide book and as I hadn’t applied anywhere else, so confident was I in my strange choice, I was now out of luck.
I sat in my parent’s car with my teenage boyfriend and breathed deeply into a paper bag, while I hyperventilated. I was 18 and I thought my life was over.
Returning to college the next morning I met with the College Dean and as the mistake had been on the behalf of UCAS (University College Admissions Service) they would allow me to apply for another course at another institution, despite the application date having passed.
I fell back on my childhood dream and enrolled in an Education course, after all.
I ended up being a teacher for 13 years and felt in many ways that I was a natural in the role, but other jobs have shaped my personality and taught me essential lessons that I was able to apply both in and out of the classroom.
Join me as I share some lessons from the confused career frontline beginning with:
I would love to hear about the jobs you have held and how they have shaped your life.