Going back to college as an adult learner!

You may have picked up on, in previous posts, that I'm currently out of work.

Since being out of work, I've had plenty of free time to reflect and think about my life as a whole.

What am I actually doing with my life? Do I really want to work in Early Years Education for the rest of my life?

I've worked as an educator for six years... SIX! Two and a half of those years were as a Deputy Manager; a pretty big job, with a lot of responsibility, a lot of unpaid overtime, a lot of stress and anxiety. I even ended up doing extra training to be a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordination), yet another heavy load of stress and overtime.

I've always been passionate about my job, and it's something I always took pride in. But, I was unintentionally lead down that career path. I only applied for teaching courses because my careers adviser back in college said it would be best for me; I thought they were right. It seemed like a good thing to go for.

I didn't even get onto the Primary Teaching degree I originally applied for! Sunderland University ended up "suggesting" I do Childhood Studies, which took me down the Early Years route. As a result, I became an Early Years Practitioner, and it went from there.

Would I have chosen something different had I actually known what I wanted to do when I was a young and naive 18 year old? Who knows!

Anyway, I really am leaving all of that behind. Some people have said I'm "throwing it away".

Well, I honestly couldn't give a shit what they think, and couldn't be happier right now.

I've been unemployed since June. Leaving that job was the BEST decision I could have made for myself.

My health condition improved, so much so my specialist has HALVED my medication dose.

My mental health improved, so much so that I am now free of Citalopram.

I decided to do something useful with the Universal Credit, that I'm claiming for the first time, and use it to get onto a college course - something I wouldn't have been able to afford to do before.

I now have a new excitement for life again. I have new goals. I have a new purpose to achieve.

If you're wondering, I'll be studying Beauty Therapy and I'm super hyped for it.

I'm 24 and SO ready for this change. I needed it.

Bring on September!




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