I cannot say that I enjoyed being at school, it was a difficult time for me. I would always do my homework and do my best in the classroom yet never seemed to quite ‘get it’. There was nothing I feared more than being asked a question by the teacher in front of class.
I struggled with the whole ‘chalkboard’ teaching method. I’m someone who learns better by being more hands-on rather than learning from a text book. In fact, I never read a book until a holiday in Turkey at the age of 28. Usually, I would read the first page having not made any sense of what I had just read, get frustrated and give up.
I remember visiting a careers advisor at Secondary School. It was a pointless exercise as I had no idea what I wanted to be when I left school. I still don’t really know to this day. I eventually signed up to Havering College to study Art having gained an A* in my GCSEs. Although I struggled at school, my exam results were really quite good, including Bs & Cs in Double Science, Maths and English.
A few days before starting college I was approached by a friend with an Office Junior position local to me in east London. I saw pound signs (all £90 a week of them) and took the job.
A couple of job changes and a move to Slough later, I found myself in the working field of Facilities Management / Health and Safety. I have been in that same field for 14 years and I have to say I love it. It all happened out of luck really but I’m not convinced that it is my perfect job. These days I am on maternity leave and I have a new job completely, the best one in the world.
This morning, I got myself thinking about what Jack might do when he is older. What choices he might make at school and in his early career that will take him forth to fulfil his dreams? A neurosurgeon, pilot or lawyer, all potential careers that a mum might wish for her child. Although, would I mind if he like me, had no career vision and went on to a make-do job? Its a tricky one.
I wont ask him anytime soon what he wants to be as he cannot yet talk, perhaps not when he is three either as he would probably suggest being Batman. What I can do though is make sure that I give him all the opportunities available whilst he is growing up; choosing good schools, assisting with his school work and getting him involved in sport, music, travel etc so that he has a fighting chance when he comes to visit his careers advisor at school.
Most importantly, I will teach him early on about the true value of money and that he understands if he wants to fulfil his dreams and perhaps travel the world and have a lovely big home that he has to earn it.
Regardless of what he does want to be or what career he eventually chooses, I shall be there to support him every step of the way and I will be proud of him no matter what he does, unless he chooses a career in Arachnology. Then I will have no choice but to suggest otherwise or potentially disown him *chuckles to self*.
If you fancy a chuckle, I’m the one in the yellow – you cannot miss me 😉