Why school or college is not for everyone series week eight!Thank you all so much for participating in this series! This series is to show you that school or college is not for everyone. You may be that person. Don’t feel pressured into going to college is you feel like it’s not for you.
Today we are meeting the lovely Hayley and learning all about her education series.
Let’s meet Hayley and read her reasons why school or college is not for everyone.
Hayley is a newbie to the blogging world and writes about her quest to make life feel less manic at educatinghayley.com. She is on a mission to educate herself and form new habits around meal prep, mindfulness, organisation and money saving.
Let’s read her story.
Why a degree doesn’t equal happiness
When I was about 15 I decided I was going to be a teacher. Before that I was going to be a vet but then I read the James Herriot books and decided I didn’t want to put my arm up a cow! Also if a dog barks at me I jump so it probably wasn’t the best career choice. For work experience I went back to my primary school and when my two weeks were up and I returned to school it was settled. I was definitely going to be a teacher!
Fast forward a couple of years and I was studying Children’s Care, Learning and Development at sixth form and planning to study teaching at university. I got right to the end of the two year course and failed my final placement. I was told that I didn’t have time to retake my placement so therefore I had failed the second year of the course and only had half of my qualification. My dream of being a teacher went up in smoke, I couldn’t apply for university and it felt like I had wasted two years of my life. I got a bit choked up writing all of this down because it all came flooding back to me. How devastated I was. The feeling of floating with no idea of what I would be or what I could do next. My life plan gone. The pity from friends and family when they heard I hadn’t made it to university. I had failed.
I picked myself up as best I could and started searching for a job I could get with what I had.
I kind of fell into being a nanny and now 9 years later I’ve never looked back. It is so rewarding working closely with a family, practically becoming one of the family. I have had amazing experiences that I wouldn’t have had as a teacher. For two years I lived and worked near London, 250 miles away from home and family. I grew so much as a person, gained confidence (my lack of confidence was the reason my last placement failed me.) made new friends and had experiences that I could only have dreamed of before. I returned home at the end of the summer and am in the middle of arranging to move away again to work for another family. It’s exciting and fulfilling and I love it!
What I’m trying to say is that going to university and getting a degree doesn’t necessarily equal happiness.
Only if the job that you get as a result of that degree makes you happy. Interestingly a few people I studied with did go on to become teachers, one quit altogether due to stress and a couple of the others say they aren’t happy in their current jobs. At the time not getting to train to be a teacher felt like the worst thing that could have happened to me. Now I realise it’s probably the best thing that could have happened because it led me to be where I am today.
University isn’t for everyone.
There are so many different options for careers and training to get there. If your “plan” doesn’t work out for whatever reason, there are other options. Never feel like a failure because you have had to rethink. You only really fail once you give up.
Thank you Hayley for sharing your story and reasons why school or college is not for everyone.
Are you struggling to come up with the decision of moving onto third education or not? Read some more of these posts here that may help you make your decision.
Just remember school or college is not for everyone. You can go anywhere in life and be happy without a degree. It may take you a little longer to get there but you will.