When I was 14 in school and picking the subjects I would sit exams on I had big ambitious ideas about what my future held. At this point in time, I wanted to be a DJ on Radio 1 or an accountant. Bit of a difference between the two career paths I wanted to take but that’s what happens when you ask children to choose what they want to do for the rest of their life. I expected to be graduated by the time I was 22 and I thought I would be starting my career this year. I had a clear path, get through exams, go to uni, get my degree, get a job. I wanted to live at home doing all of this and be ready to buy a house by the time I had graduated.
And yet at 22, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
But I’ve accomplished things since I left school that I am so proud of.
At 18 I completed a year at college that grew my confidence in ways that I could never have imagined. I also completed my driving lessons and passed my test first time.
At 19 I gained my HNC in Events Management and met friends for life on that course. From this, I found the subject I actually loved and took the jump to go pursue it at university.
At 20 I moved out of my family home, to a different city into a flat with Nick. I started at a university and had a bumpy first year before deciding to make a change.
At 21 I moved to the perfect uni for me and finally met some proper friends in the city I live in. Moved jobs 3 times before finally settling into one that I am happy with and that has shifts that suit my lifestyle. I had my first holiday alone with Nick, a big adventure one to Iceland a place we have both fell in love with. And the biggest thing that happened was that I got engaged!
As for 22, I am still in university, studying a subject I had never considered whilst in high school. I will be graduating at the age of 25 and I still work part-time in retail. Something that I will probably do until I graduate. I’ve also lived in my flat with Nick for 2 years now.
As much as I expected to have my life figured out by now, I don’t. Twenty-Two really isn’t as old as 14-year-old me thought and I am actually really glad that I am still a student as it’s letting me figure it all out.
Most people I was in school with who went straight to university have all graduated this summer. Some are walking straight into jobs related to their degree and others aren’t sure the career is everything they dreamed of.
School can put so much pressure on children to decide what they want to be doing with their life at such a young age. There is a massive pressure to go to university which isn’t the right path for everyone. I’m still not sure university is the path I was meant to take but I know this is the career that I want so I am determined to finish my degree.
This is just a bit of a rambly post to say that no matter how much you plan your life out it probably won’t go that way. And that’s ok. If I had gone to uni straight after school I probably would have never moved to Dundee, I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends and I probably wouldn’t have found that it was marketing that I wanted to do as a career.
Did you have any milestones you wanted to reach by a certain age? Did you meet them? Let me know in the comments!