So a long time ago (a really long time ago – oops!) I promised you all that I would write a post about my plans for the future and I thought it was probably high time I got round to writing said post. Although I’m a girl who knows her own mind I have never really known what I want to do with my life until recently. I’ve always been full of vague and completely oppositional ideas of what I could do but I’ve never been hugely taken with any of the options I came up with. One thing I have always been aware of is how much I enjoy working with children, everyone always jokes that children are drawn to me the way animals are to certain people but it’s true. I’ve always found it easy to be around and care for children. So this led me to make a decision. I didn’t want to graduate at the end of next year, still without a clue about what I want to do and with nothing set up for the following year. I have decided that I am going to apply for a PGCE (postgraduate certificate of education) to become a primary school teacher, when I finish my undergrad.
Yep. I’m going to be a teacher!
If you read my blog regularly you’ll probably know that I am in my second year of university studying English Literature so I’m currently starting my dissertation and trying to work my way through an enormous pile of reading for when my next semester starts. University is such an amazing experience and I’ll be so sad for my undergrad to finish but I am really excited for what lies ahead after it all. I have started to have all of these ideas about what I want to do with my life and it’s filling me with inspiration.
I have always had this urge to help people, especially those who are in some way vulnerable and really need it. I’ve recently applied for a volunteer position helping at an after-school club for children and young people with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. It’s such a difficult condition to live with in our society, so many people don’t really understand it and just struggle to deal with people who have autism. People with autistic spectrum conditions, especially young people, have so many obstacles facing them in society and the club allows them to relax a little and interact with other young people with their condition in a safe and comfortable environment. I think having clubs like this one is a vital and really wonderful thing and I really hope I get the placement so that I can help even in a tiny way!
In my work I have often spent time with children with varying behavioural conditions and disabilities like autism, severe ADHD, and dyspraxia and I know how difficult it is for children with any kind of condition to develop their skills, interact with other children, and fulfill their full potential, without help, and I know they deserve that help. So, whilst the ideas forming in my head will be difficult to make a reality, I want to persevere and get there one day. What I have now set my sights on is becoming an Educational Psychologist.
Now this would definitely not be easy. First of all before I could even hope to become qualified I would have to do a two-year conversion course. Then there is the actual three-year doctorate… And on top of all of that in the current economic climate many educational psychology positions are frozen and it is incredibly hard to actually get the work. But none of this is really phasing me (I must be crazy!). I want to do it, I want to better myself and I just really really want to help children.
So I’m going to start by becoming a teacher. I want to teach for a couple of years before I consider starting anything else. Then I want to think about going overseas to volunteer in Africa and help teachers out there improve their schools and their teaching (but that’s for a whole other post!). Then maybe in my late twenties I’ll start my conversion course… So yes, I will be in my thirties before I achieve my ambition, but to be honest I think to work in a position like that you need a lot of experience and a high level of maturity so I’m not daunted by that!
Well there you have it, a rather wordy post about my big plans for the future. It is a long way off but it feels so good to have ideas and inspiration for what I want to do with my life. And I know that as long as I get to help children, and as long as I’m feeling fulfilled and positive about what I do, I’ll be happy.
I’d love to hear about what your great plans for your future are! Were you someone who always knew what you wanted to do or like me did it take you years to figure it out? Hope you’re all well!