In my final year of University studying Journalism and Media, I decided to take a part time access course, the course I chose was an access to health course which would enable me to study Nursing. Because I was only going to be in Stoke for one more year I had to take the intensive route of the course which meant I was taking a 2 year course in 1 year.
At the time I was going through a big life change where I realised I wanted to look into the health care profession a little more. I’d always been afraid but I decided that by taking the course it could open many doors of possibilities to me when I graduate. I planned on going back to University to study Nursing.
Then the time came when I successfully completed my access course with great grades, unfortunately my working 2 jobs part time, studying at University full time and going to College part time, meant that my degree suffered and I graduated with a surprising 2:2, a far reach from my expected 2:1 minimum… Despite this I still believed that my path was going to go down the health care route.
After graduation, my partner and I made the big move to Kent, and I decided I wanted to take a year out from studying and instead work and earn some money.
So that’s what I did. I applied to UCAS and found myself getting into University to study Adult Nursing.
But if truth be told, I rushed myself and didn’t think too clearly about what University I wanted to go to. Not just that but I was so busy with my new job that I didn’t have much time to think about other things except work!
When it was the final week to make a decision about going to University, I got cold feet. I didn’t apply to any Universities that would enable me to live in our home and if I went it would take me away from my partner.
I battled with the decision for so long and I just couldn’t find the signs I was looking for.
In the end I decided that I wouldn’t go… That maybe I could see how my career went and then if I still wanted to go next year then I could re-apply again.
But now is the time to re-apply and I am once again unable to make a decision. Because far from where I was last year, I am now in a place where yes I could go back to University next year, maybe apply to ones nearby and finally study what I’ve been waiting to study for so long, but I’ve gotten into a flow of going to work, earning money, and being a home maker…
Am I ready to go back to Uni again? Should I put off following a career path and climbing the career ladder?
So many questions to consider, so many things to think about before making a decision…
The thing is it’s not only me I’ve got to think about, I spent 3 years at University, finding myself and growing. Going back would give me a second chance at reaching my 2:1 or even 1st degree! But then it also means 3 years further from being able to settle down and start a family, 3 years further from climbing up the career ladder…
There’s a lot of pros and a lot of cons, hopefully taking some time to really evaluate my life and where I want my future to go will give me the light to make the right decision, I also hope talking to other people who have been stuck in this situation will give me some guidance.
Still it would be great to find some answers now, so I don’t spend a whole year wondering again…
Either way I know wherever my path takes me, I will have a wonderful family, great friends and my fantastic partner who will be able to join me in my journey, whatever decision I make will be for the best and will lead me to a great adventure.
Do something to make your parents proud today, your kids proud someday and you proud everyday!
Peace and Love,