I recently wrote a blog in which I discussed my plans for the future. However, then, in my Varsity post, I hinted that things might have changed a tad. “How’ve they changed, Jess? What’s the new plan?”, I hear you cry. (Actually, I don’t, but let’s just pretend, for the sake of blog content!)
My history of consistency when it comes to career aspirations isn’t the strongest. I change my mind. A LOT. I know this isn’t uncommon, but it’s not always the best idea when you’re so close to the end of your degree, and already had a plan…
However, it doesn’t seem to be the worst decision I’ve made. It actually looks like it’ll be a good’un. Instead of starting teaching straight away at college level, I’ve decided to stay at university for another year, and do my PGCE first. I’ve decided that I want to get the experience and knowledge first. I’ve got all the time in the world, I don’t need to rush. And, if I get onto the course, I’d absolutely love to stay in Leicester for another year!
So, that’s that sorted. But for the hilarity, I thought I’d take you on a journey through just a FEW of my previous ‘dream jobs’, right back from primary school. Let’s go! *time machine noises*
Age 6: Vet. I was 6, I liked animals. End of.
Age 7: Actress. I wanted to be on the stage. At this age I began my theatre training, and was determined to make it to the West End.
Age 8: Journalist.
Age 9: Lawyer.
Age 10: Archaeologist.
Age 11: Professional Dancer. I’d been dancing for 4 years by this point, and it had taken over acting as ‘the thing I really, really wanted to do.’ This was a background dream as well, right until I was about 15 or 16.
Age 12: Song Writer. Cue the moody adolescent stage, and I was really into writing my own music. I’ve looked back on some of the things I wrote. Some of it was AWFUL, but maybe if I’d stuck at it, I’d have been the British equivalent of Taylor Swift? (I wouldn’t have. This is a fact.)
Age 13: Doctor. I was (and still am) massively into watching Casualty and Holby City, and thought I could be a doctor too.
Age 14: Teacher.
Age 15: Director, Producer, Graphic Designer.
Age 16: Choreographer. I realised I wasn’t good enough to dance professionally, but still wanted to be involved with dance. I now actually choreograph and teach for my old theatre company, so this one almost came true!
Age 17: Forensic Scientist. I found my passion for forensics, like medicine, through television. This career aspiration was a result of too much NCIS and CSI. It quickly died- I didn’t have the right GCSEs and A Levels for this one!
Age 18: Teacher.
Age 19: Air Traffic Controller, Medical Statistician. Starting my degree made me change my mind over and over, once I started to look at what jobs I could actually do with my degree.
Age 20: Children’s Author.
Age 21: Actuary, Teacher.
It’s nice to look back and see that my current career path is a recurring one in there. I guess I had nothing to worry about, all those times I exclaimed that I had no idea what I wanted to do!
Out of curiosity, I also asked a few of my friends what they wanted to do when they were very young, and what they want to do now, just to see if anyone else has changed drastically too!
Wanted to be: Archaeologist.
Wants to be: Something boring, until they have enough money to open a cafe.
Wanted to be: Policemen
Wants to be: Secondary Maths Teacher
Wanted to be: Drama Teacher, Lawyer
Wants to be: Primary School Teacher
Wanted to be: Teacher
Wants to be: Teacher
Wanted to be: Accountant
Wants to be: F1 Engineer
Wanted to be: Vet, Archaeologist, Sports Star, Historian
Wants to be: Policewoman, Journalist
Wanted to be: Bin Man, Chef, Doctor
Wants to be: Cancer Researcher, Bar Owner.
So, I guess it ISN’T just me who has changed their mind a lot.
I think what we can conclude from this blog, is that it’s okay to not know what you want to do. A lot of people will tell you that you’ll figure it out once you get to university, but from my experience, that’s so far from the truth. The positive thing is, most students are in the same boat. Take your time, it’s okay to change you mind.
Until next time, all the best.