Looking Forward.

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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!

Scary.

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!

Change

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!

Sophie x

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8 comments

  1. I think it’s great (and impressive) that you have given this so much careful thought! I am currently working towards applications for a PhD in Criminology and wish I had realised my ambitions a little earlier when I had a few more options! But Im also happy i’ve found an area I enjoy so much. I hope everything works out well for you X

  2. Hi Sophie – I just wanted to commend you for choosing such an amazing goal for the future. I feel that this post is so inspiring. The only way to achieve your dream is to go out there and do it. My husband has a quote in his email and it is ‘Never base your decisions on fear.’ and I truly do believe that there is something to that, even if I may not follow it. *hangs head in shame*

    Also, I am a little bit (maybe more than a little bit) older than you but you inspire me because you are determined and are willing to work for your goal no matter the obstacles. I am one of those people that went the other was and am now paying the price at a job that I am truly no longer happy in. Not that it matters much at this point.

    All I have to say now is ‘You go girl’ and I’ll be following your journey through this blog. I also really admire you for your focus on helping others out there who are not as fortunate. I feel like I should volunteer myself, actually. But I think the big difference b/w us, is you’re actually going to do it, whereas I, the lazy procrastinator that I am, am all talk with no action. In any case, I am so proud of you! You go be a mover and a shaker. Don’t let anyone get you down. I am so excited for you.

    ps. will probably be pinning the pictured quotes too. 😉

    xo. Dee

  3. You will make an AMAZING teacher!! I can completely see you fitting into this vocation WONDERFULLY! Figuring out what it is that you want to do is such a huge step and I am so excited for you!!

  4. It is so inspiring to read about your plans and how you want to change the world – and you will, I can feel it emanating from your words. I look forward to following your journey.

  5. Yay! This is awesome. You are going to be an AMAZING teacher. (I seriously wrote that sentence out with ‘amazing’ and caps and everything before I even saw that Brittany said the same thing with caps too. So obviously, we both know how AMAZING you are. :P)

  6. It’s so nice to see you have finally found your passion and it has defiantly inspired me not to get discoureged with my own search 😉

    I know you are going to be a great teacher and I wish you lot’s of luck 🙂 xx

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