Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Why I'm Thinking About Going Back Into Education

Today's post is going to be a bit of a ramble-y one, I'll warn you now. I don't have notes, I don't have a plan - I'm just writing it as it comes to mind. My thought process.


So as I've mentioned a few times now (and I'm sorry, you're probably bored of hearing it by now) 2015 was quite hard for me. I feel that a few of the big things that people worry about happening, happened to me. I fell (literally) ill unexpectedly with something I didn't know I had (a knee dislocation which then was diagnosed as hypermobility), I was off sick for a long time which left me in a bad place financially and then I was let go from my job as it wasn't clear when I would be able to even walk again properly.  Since then however, I have gotten myself in a better financial position by managing to pay off more than half of my debt and I did manage to get myself back into work (at a Pizza Shop I worked at when I was 16 but albeit a job is a job).

All these trying times and sticky situations however have lead me to think, am I heading in the right direction? Brief back story - growing up there were 3 jobs I seriously wanted to consider to be - a hairdresser, a secretary or a photographer. As school broke out I did what I felt I should do and I enrolled at college - but because I wasn't actually convinced I wanted to go to college (I just took the next step I felt had to be taken by all) I just picked a subject I disliked the least.  I will be 100% honest in saying I hated school and everyone who I went to school with will have no quarms in backing me up. However, I didn't actually hate my Media Studies BTEC, in fact I actually quite enjoyed it and I did pretty good in getting myself a Merit (=4xB). So, this is the route I took - I was going to be a photographer. As the odds have it, I didn't like college either. I wasn't mentally in the right place and my course was based more on film studies than it was photography which for me, was pretty useless. So after 1 year I dropped out and I started again (luckily my tutors were kind enough to mark all the work I had done and I still gained some qualifications from it). Within this time I had also been knocked back by so many places where I wanted to do work experience and everyone was telling me that in the town I live, photography just wasn't going to work.

Skip ahead a few months and with photography knocked off my list - my confidence was shaken.  After my first experience with college I was hesitant to return to train in something else so I picked the next suitable role from my jobs list - one that didn't require me to attend a college - a secretary.  Now don't ask me why this was my 'job goals' because really I don't know. I think it's because when I was growing up my auntie had jobs in this field and I just wanted to be her. Nonetheless I got myself a apprenticeship in business and administration where I could train on site. It was perfect. I completed my years training and I earned my NVQ - I was so proud. However, me being me and my anxiety getting in the way I decided this wasn't the job for me and I chose not to do the next level. I left my job on May 29th and that same day I had an interview elsewhere. By June 2nd I was sat in my new office - and this is the job I lost this year due to my poorly knees!

So now I'm thinking I've tried my hand at photography and also being a secretary, is it time for a change? There is always room to learn new skills and I'm kind of thinking now is my prime opportunity as I'm 21 in February. I feel like my two options would be hairdressing or make up artistry because I love both. (I actually enrolled at DFMA to train to be a MUA but due to my knee I both couldn't fund it and couldn't travel).
Things currently playing on my mind is - at 21 will I feel awkward in a class full of 17 year olds?  Should I just stick to what I know? Can I afford it because college/ training at 21 isn't funded?

If you have had any experience in re-training or going back to education at an 'older' age please let me know. I would love to get some information and help to decide!

If you've read until the end, thank you very much and I'll see you in my next post!

Jordan xx
SHARE:

1 comment

  1. Wow I'm sorry, you've had some real sucky luck haven't you. It's a cliche, I know, but things can only get better. I definitely think now is the time to make a change! It's hard, and scary, but it could be the best thing you've ever done. Whatever you decide to do, I want to wish ou the best of luck! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

    ReplyDelete

Please leave your comments, I love to hear from you!

© jordancourtney. All rights reserved.
Blogger Designs by pipdig