Don't despair, we've all been there; some of us more often than desired, and usually because 'life' gave us no choice.
Well, here's a thought...did we really 'not have a choice'?
I write this feature, quietly reflecting on my journey to date, my adventures and my career choices. Whilst having a fruitful experience I am thoroughly aware that it didn't go to plan. But here's the point...there wasn't a plan.
I've been lucky that everything turned out the way it did, but I set that down to luck. Having a sharp mind and a creative character has helped me progress favourably; but that's not something to build your life around, right? That would be identified as leaving it to chance...and chance doesn't have excellent odds!
When it came to choosing a college, I formed it around how 'cool' the students were. You may read this and smile (it's a laughable concept to base a future on). Funny, but true. I drifted into University to start a Fashion course, but of course (rolling eyes emoji) later found out that I had chosen the wrong course; the final qualification wasn't high enough to get me into the career I desired, the story, of course, continues in that 'fashion' for some years.
Now having hindsight on my side, and with the introduction of the internet, making the right choices should be easier than ever as the information is readily available at our fingertips...but it isn't, right?
Our aim at FLIGHT is to make things as simple, yet informative as possible and provide you with all the information you need to build a rewarding pathway (a plan). Surprisingly, here is our top tip to making the right choices...Work backwards! It isn't rocket science (unless you want to be a rocket scientist of course).
Start by window-shopping through the diverse careers available; recognising which inspire you, satisfy your character, demand a skill-set that you identify you possess and set it in your sights! See what is expected of you to seize that job (minimum grades/qualifications), then plan your journey backwards.
Find a relevant University that will enable you to springboard into 'that' career; recognising that some Universities specialise and rank higher than others in specific courses. As an employer, I would consider more greatly, employing someone who held the best training through a stronger reputable University.
Whilst Colleges are profoundly important, one could see them as a stepping stone to the next stage (university or a career). As before, ensure that your choice of College allows you to get onto the next platform, and not because the students are 'cool'. Of course, feeling comfortable, and productive in an environment is important, however, it remains to be a means to an end.
Don't assume that everything simply works out in the end, as the odds might not be in your favour forever.