Life is what happens when you are making plans and, in my case, those plans, dreams and aspirations of me walking along a corridor with a clipboard and a team of people behind me or being a huge recording artist accidentally discovered while belting out Celine Dion from my bedroom disappeared as life had other ideas. In this case it was falling in love at eighteen, three children, marriage, and a succession of badly paid part time jobs. I was happy being mum and the career took a back seat, and I can honestly say at that point I believed that it was too late to develop a career.
Finding my niche
When I was in my early thirties, I managed to bag myself a job working in a school. I would like to say I wowed them with my charm and charisma, but it was more down to the fact my son was always getting in trouble and they asked me to come in and observe him. It was through this volunteering that I realised I had an interest for working with children. So, I applied for the next job advertised and was offered the role working in the classrooms in the morning and carrying out well-being sessions in the afternoon. My interest for working with children developed into a passion and the bonus was that it fitted around my young children, it seemed perfect.
However, the job role began to change and the well being role I was enjoying was gradually replaced by professional outreach workers who would come in to work with the children. I noticed myself becoming unsettled and wondering what it was they did and who they worked for, how they got that job. On top of this there was always those moments, the moments when you catch yourself thinking ‘I wonder if’ Imagination in overdrive I was always much prettier, much thinner, much wealthier driving in a 4 by 4 to my fabulous job.
Practice makes perfect
However, at 37 years old no qualifications and one measly GCSE these remained thoughts and dreams. It was not long after opportunity came my way and with these being very few and far between, I took it and studied towards a Level three apprenticeship which due to my lack of qualifications I had to also sit Maths, English, and ICT equivalents to pass. Worrying to say the least as after four attempts of the maths practice exam I was still only getting one or two questions right. Nevertheless, I practiced, practiced, practiced.
My house was covered in post it notes with equations, fractions, and algebra. When I sat the exams, I was ridiculously scared to the point I became hysterical and started to laugh and cry at the same time. When it was the results release day, I was elated that I had passed everything, so I now had a level three qualification and I found myself thinking! Thinking instead of dreaming that I could now attend university.
I was now 39 years old and applying for university I felt deliriously happy and a little crazy at the same time even more so because my first-born child was applying for university himself. I managed to secure myself a place on a BA hons degree and found myself surrounded by 27 fresh faced 18 years old. When one of them asked if I was the tutor mine and her face beamed bright red when I explained no, I am also a student. I could have walked out there and then but relief washed over me when I discovered two other mature students to begin this journey with. It has not been an easy journey. It’s been one filled with anxiety and stress filled days, sleepless nights, tears, and tantrums. However, I have gained through this journey friends for life, confidence, a belief in myself and of course a degree.
Dreams do come true
As I am sitting here now and writing this at 42, I am waiting to go for an interview in my absolute dream job as a professional outreach worker just like the ones who inspired me all those years ago.
If you can dream it, you can do it, if you can picture it in your mind and hold on to that you can manifest it. I did! I got the job! In five short years I had a dream and I made that dream a reality and if I can do it, you can too.
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