“Follow your dreams, success will follow.”
Unlike everyone else I seemed to know at school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’. Everyone around me seemed to want to be a vet, or a teacher. A doctor or a pilot. I never knew what I wanted for my future, not for a long time. I just seemed to go with the flow.
The first thing I thought I might be good at was being a teacher. I quickly realised that you actually needed confidence to be a teacher so I swiftly crossed that off the list. I thought the next best thing was being a teaching assistant. I completed my work experience as a TA thinking, ‘I know what I definitely don’t want to do.’ Funnily enough, this ended up being my first proper job after college, but more on this hilarity later.
I chose my subjects for year 10 and 11 purely through what I seemed to do well in, not what I necessarily enjoyed. I thought I’d think of something along the way, and I never even thought about writing. It never crossed my mind at that point. I passed my GCSE’s with surprisingly good results, and decided upon A Levels as my next choice. The point where choosing the right subjects was crucial if I was to go to University. The pressure was on, and yet, I still had absolutely no clue. After reading up on Psychology, I decided this was the path I wanted to take. So I did.
I loved it. I found it so interesting and it quickly became my favourite lesson. I had an awesome teacher, who unfortunately left halfway through the year, and it wasn’t quite the same afterwards. I seemed to lose a bit of motivation, and my plans of going to University to study Psychology failed. I found A Levels extremely difficult, and it just wasn’t enough to secure my place.
However disappointed I was, I quickly realised that it wasn’t the end of the world. The amount of people who didn’t get a job in their chosen field after University was ridiculous and the debt you’re left with at the end of it definitely wouldn’t be missed. I had a stronger head on my shoulders, so I decided to retrain. This time as a Teaching Assistant. The one thing I was adamant I wasn’t going to do. Well, I was good at it after all.
I won’t lie, I loved most of my years as a TA. I met the most inspirational children and worked with some dedicated people. I knew I was good at what I did. I could see my confidence grow in this role and successfully teaching something that stuck in those brains was the most satisfying thing in the world. However, when I got back into writing and was offered my first job as a marketer, I had to leave this behind. As much as I loved helping those little ones, I didn’t see the role as a career. The door I wanted to open, opened. I had to go through it.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and it wasn’t until this point that I realised what people had been telling me all along.
Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Over the years, I’ve had conversations along the lines of, ‘If you could go back to school knowing what you do now, would you?’ I always said I would, and part of me still would today. I think I’d have studied English to a higher level, or perhaps creative writing. On the other hand, thinking about what I’ve learned in such a short space of time, I’m not sure all that is needed now.
I got my current job through dedication and commitment. I didn’t go to University. Instead, I did my own research. I got in touch with the right people. I did what I loved and what I still love, and I let it guide me to where I am today. It’s completely crazy what I’ve achieved in such a short space of time, but I want to let everyone know that it is possible. Following your dreams is never impossible. You just need to commit yourself and keep at it. If you give up, you’ll never know what could be and you’ll live your life knowing that you never gave it a shot. Trust me, this is coming from someone who was scared to talk to someone who wasn’t family or a close friend. My confidence isn’t high at all, but no where near as low as it has been.
Each day I go to work, my colleagues congratulate each other on their achievements, and assist each other when help is needed. I’ve never been in such a positive environment every day, especially when going to work. You know when you’re in the right place when you’re eager to start each day, and generally feel good about everything. I don’t regret the path I’ve taken. I’ve learnt a hell of a lot along the way and who knows – if I’d not done things this way, I’d have never got to this point. I would have still been in a job that wasn’t for me, with no chance of progression.
Let’s not assume that all this progress was made from me just working hard. I’ve had encouragement from a few people over this last year, which I’m very grateful for. There was one certain step however, that I put off taking. One teeny, tiny email. I wasn’t convinced it would work. I was nervous about the change. When that one person encouraged me to take the plunge, everything has changed for the better. I’m happier in every aspect of my life from this one specific change.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for bringing my creativity back. ❤
How have you got to where you are today? What hurdles did you have to overcome to succeed? 🙂