“So what do you do for a living?”
“I’m a social media manager, pro blogger and itty bitty micro influencer.”
‘ I work in marketing ”
That’s about the general gist of how conversations about my profession tend to go. It used to be so much easier when I worked in a children’s centre. There was no explanation needed, although I loved my job so often followed it up with an enthusiastically over explaining whether it was needed or not.
My ambitious streak kicked in when I had my first child. At 24 I faced a future of dead-end jobs to help us scrape by and I knew that was never a life I could settle for. I’d completed my grammar school education, left school with above average GCSE’s, completely fluffed up my A Levels in favour for a party lifestyle then took a GAP year which stretched to an extra 9. Motherhood gave me a kick up the bum to rectify a few mistakes.
I put it down to the responsibility of raising a son, wanting the best for him and wanting to be a good role model.
So began a run of retraining, studying and just generally bettering myself. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look back at my late teens and wish I’d tried harder in school and college then gone to university. But I also think that the self-discipline I’ve had to learn to study around raising and family and working only benefitted by giving me the extra drive to succeed.
With all my experience I’m a huge fan of continued learning. I studied with the Open University and Digital Mums for my social media training. Both were a combination of distance learning and tutor group sessions. I found that really worked for me, especially the latter as we really supported each other and our weekly online Google hangouts kept me motivated, helped bounce ideas and feel part of something to keep going until the end.
There are so many options depending on whether its career or personal development you’re thinking of. Distance learning companies such as kaplan.co.uk for professionals even offer a choice between classroom, on demand or distance. Or It’s all down to your personal preference for how you study best, some prefer to be left to it, others need the support and discipline of a classroom. Websites such as National Careers Service are a good starting point, or personal recommendations.
I guess what I’m trying to say, is don’t ever think you’re past bettering yourself.
Every day’s a school day and nothing beat that feeling of handing in your last assignment!
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