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University.  It Is A Huge Step, Isn’t It?  

University LibraryUnless you are steadfast in your career choice, it be can hard to pick a course.  How do you decide at that age what career you want to do?

Most teenagers are still living at home, not even finished school when they have to make this choice. There experience of the world is limited.  If, like me, you didn’t have just one dream about what you want to be, making that choice can be difficult.

If I could do university again I would do it differently.  

Essentially, I went to university as I felt like it was a natural next step.  The majority of my classmates were going to university.  I wanted the experience.  But I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.

Well, that isn’t strictly true.  I loved the idea of working with children.  To be a teacher.

The school career adviser suggested otherwise.  “It’s not for you”, she said.  I listened.  I shouldn’t have.  I regret it.  Since, many people have suggested that this would have been a perfect career for me.

Confidence

The thing is, at 17, this advice was enough to knock my confidence.  I believed her because I thought she was the ‘expert’.  In reality, I had met the career adviser only a handful of times.

I was good at English at school.  I always enjoyed writing, mainly diaries.  All hand-written, of course; this was the ’90s.  Years later, I re-read those diaries.  They make me cringe.  Cringe at my former self and wonder what on earth I was thinking.  It was an accurate reflection of the girl at that time, though.  On reflection, however, I realise there is really no need to cringe about the naivety of youth.  I am not sure why I didn’t consider undertaking a course in journalism  at university.

With no idea about the path I wanted to take, I decided to do Business Studies.  Not because of some burning desire or passion for this subject, but simply because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  I am not knocking the course; it certainly gave me good foundations for life in various subjects.  It didn’t lead to a dream job.  Although, I would be interested to know how many people go to university and end up with a dream job at the end.  I am guessing not many.

I am thankful that I love my current job.  I had a bit of a lucky break.  I was ready to join the working mothers’ club and secured a job writing and editing at a local newspaper.  I love it.

I have also discovered the world of blogging.  Again, more writing.  If only I had known 20 years ago this would make me happy.

The question of what course to pick at university can be hard

This is just my experience, but it does beg the question is 17 too young to decide the university course that could dictate your career for the rest of your life?  I do feel that if I had been a few years older I would have been better placed to make a decision.

What about starting with a more general course, then deciding your niche later.  Would that be better?

Tell me in the comments about your experience.  Did you go to university?  Did you know what you wanted to do when you left school?  Did it set you up for working life?  Did you land your dream job?

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8 Comments

  1. 12th May 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I certainly don’t know what I was doing at that age. Kind of still don’t but let’s not get into that. I do think it is great that for some who thinks they are ready and know exactly what they want to do then – just go for it. If not – then I do back the idea of having a gap year – travel the world, do work experience, etc… I think it opens up your world and therefore you will be able to make better choices.

    Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      21st May 2016 / 7:58 pm

      On hindsight I think a gap year would have been a really good thing for me. xxx

  2. 26th April 2016 / 6:13 am

    I feel exactly the same way as you. I dossed about at college, not really knowing what I wanted to do. I’d enjoyed media studies and English, and had thought I would like to do journalism. Unfortunately my grades didn’t allow me to apply to uni for either of those courses. Instead I went on to do a foundation degree in television and media, because they were willing to accept me with my lower a level grades.
    I’m annoyed at myself for taking the way way out and doing a course I wasn’t truly happy with. I wish so much I had re done my A levels to get the grades I needed. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed my course and the experience, but I left with no real interest in finding a job in the media (and a hefty debt to show for it).

    • Double the Monkey Business
      29th April 2016 / 10:00 am

      Oh yes the heafty debt at the end, I forgot to mention that. I just wish I could go back and have a word with myself!

  3. 25th April 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I bounced around with several career ideas when I was in high school. I thought I wanted to be a social worker but my mom talked me out of it. Said it would be too depressing. Even when I went to college I didn’t know what to major in, and ended up choosing Child Development and Family Relationships. Me, who couldn’t stand babysitting and when asked to watch my nieces and nephews responded with, “Me, and what army?”

    As you might guess, I never continued a career in that field. In fact, I didn’t even complete the degree. I became a college dropout and didn’t return to school until I was 50.. when I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      29th April 2016 / 10:01 am

      I love that you returned to school, that is fantastic!! I have been tempted by doing the same thing I have to admit. I hope you are happy on your new path x

  4. randommusings29
    25th April 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I do think 17 is young to make a decision about your whole life, but some careers require years and years of uni and experience before you really make any money so I think leaving it later could be a mistake too. I was all set to go and do psychology, then I found a job and didn’t end up going. I regret it in one sense, but in another I don’t. For what I wanted to do as a career I would still be 2 years away from fully qualifying and I’m 34! I would like to be a writer now and uni wouldn’t have helped with that, I know you can do creative writing degrees but I really don’t think you can teach creativity
    Debbie

    • Double the Monkey Business
      29th April 2016 / 10:03 am

      It does seem so young and I was a young 17 as well if that makes sense. I really only found out what I wanted to do this year and I am now 36! I agree with not being able to teach creativity, I think that is something that is just in you. You are certainly a natural. I am will be looking out for that book when it is published! x

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