What will the future bring?
Every child has a career they dream of pursuing, be it to be a ballerina, a veterinary surgeon, or to be a checkout assistant. My childhood ambition was to teach, an ambition which stayed with me throughout my life. However half way through my Childhood Studies degree, I suddenly realised that I was chasing the wrong dream, and that teaching was most certainly not for me. Cue major panic.
The main hurdle I saw standing in my way, was deciding what it really was that I wanted to do. Should I be a nursery nurse? Would I be suited to youth work? Could I hack being a social worker? The opportunities are endless, and the choices vast. After a few weeks of sheer confusion I decided that the best course of action was to gain some serious advice from those in the know.
Every university has career advisors who have the skills and resources to aid you in your decision making. Making an appointment with them is simple, and your university union and intranet will hold contact details. It’s a daunting prospect, and believe me I felt ridiculous admitting that I was feeling so lost, but it seemed my best option. So I arranged a meeting, and went along with my scrambled and muddled thoughts.
After over an hour spent with the careers advisor, Andrew, I felt myself brimming with confidence and optimism, feelings that I hadn’t felt for quite a while. Taking my career thoughts, no matter how diverse or seemingly bizarre, to the table, Andrew was able to give me information on the routes into Social Work, and explored the different areas of what is a rather broad job title. Talking openly to someone who made themselves approachable made me feel instantly at ease, and I truly felt like some progress was being made. I left with a mind map of all we had discussed, and numerous websites to visit. I was now equipped with knowledge on how to move forward, and numerous suitable ways of climbing my career ladder.
My experience truly changed my opinion, not only of how my future will pan out, but also of the services available to me through my university. The careers advise I received opened my eyes as to the skills I currently possess, as well as those I can build upon through experience; skills I hadn’t realised would be so valuable to my future. Since my interview I have explored my options further, and have decided the route which my career will take. Should this not go to plan, I have access to the careers service for up to three years after graduating, and feel safe in the knowledge that I will have this fantastic support for the foreseeable future.
If your dreams and ambitions do not grow with you throughout your life, don’t panic; take a step back and reassess the situation you find yourself in. The help and support is already in place to aid you in tapping into your potential, you simply have to access it. So make an appointment, set some time aside, and explore your options with those who are willing to share their expertise. You may be as pleasantly surprised as I was.