Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs

Unfortunately there’s a time in your life where answering, “A princess” to the question, “So what do you want to be when you’re as old as mummy and daddy?” isn’t acceptable.

Whilst I was at sixth form, at the age of 17, I had to decide on what I wanted to study at University and where I was going to pursue it. Coincidentally, at this age I also had absolutely no idea of what career path I wanted to follow. And what was worse, it seemed that everyone else around me had already decided where they were going and what they were doing.

Obviously not everyone wanted to go to University, I mean some people were happy with a job in Topshop for the rest of their life, but where’s the dream in that? For me, University has always been a plan. I felt, and still feel, that 18 was too young to end full time education, but also too young to start full time work. I mean, who wants to be working 9-5 when there’s jäger bombs out there that need drinking?

But what was I going to study at University? 3 years is a long time to stay motivated on just one subject and £9,000 is a huge amount to go in-debt to, to something that you’re unsure about. So I listened to my teachers and my family, who both suggested that as I was uncertain of the career path I wanted to follow, I should take a degree on something I enjoyed and was good at, as it would help me to stay motivated and achieve a high grade. So that’s why I took Fashion Studies.

Of course I’ve had my days, normally once I’ve handed in a deadline, where I’ve absolutely loved it and have wanted to spend the rest of my life working in the Fashion industry. But I’ve had a lot more days where, although I’ve been enjoying what I’m doing and am working hard, I just know I wouldn’t be happy doing it forever.

And about a week ago, a light bulb switched on in my brain, a bulb that had flickered similar thoughts many years ago. I’d decided, well re-decided, that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. I love children, helping others and I’m a little bossy. The hours are perfect, the pay is good and the holidays are very generous. I don’t know what it was that made me suddenly decide or what it was that really put a full stop to any more ideas, but I’m so glad it happened.

Once I’ve finished my third year in Lincoln, I plan to pursue a Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary Level (PGCE), at the UEA, in September 2014. It is an 8.30am-5.30pm course, 5 days a week, which lasts 38 weeks and includes at least 120 days work based in schools.

After a little research, I discovered that if I continue to get the grades I’ve been getting, (I got a 2:1 for second year, yay), I should still have a chance to get on the course. My degree is just as beneficial for the course as one would be in any other subject, so I have absolutely no regrets. I know that if I were to have done a more academic degree, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much, therefore would not have been as motivated.

Life is too hard to do something because it’s the ‘easy option’, and I know this is the perfect job for me. There’s no problem with a well-dressed teacher. I mean, just as Oscar Wilde stated, “You can never be too overdressed or overeducated”.

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8 thoughts on “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs

  1. I feel like congratulations are in order, so…Congratulations, ColeZoe!

  2. Reblogged this on sljdesigns and commented:
    A lovely blog by another student … well worth a read :o)

  3. Congratulations for that light bulb turning ON 🙂
    I just also started with blogging and while searching for mine on google, i landed on yours but i’m more than happy to reach here ..

    congratulations once agn and all the very best for becoming the best teacher any student dreams of 🙂

  4. Great blog! I’m glad you’ve figured out your plans and what you want to do, it’s always so difficult trying to decide. It was a pleasure to read your blog, and I wish you every success in the future xx

  5. Hey Colezoe, you left a comment on my blog ‘theblogofthemultipassionate’ so I thought I’d pop over and check yours out!

    I ended up on this older post of yours but I totally get where you’re coming from with this, I’ve also been in the position where you start out following one path that’s great, but it’s not quite right. I’m glad you found what you were looking for, you must have started your course by now?

    I’m such a Bambi at blogging right now!

    G x

    • Hey 🙂 Really glad my older posts are still interesting people 🙂 I’ve just finished my fashion degree, this week in fact, and start my PGCE in September 🙂 Really excited about it! Now got a long summer of relaxing xxx

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