I was a straight A student, no effort, everything was easy until I hit A levels. I think my focus went elsewhere between the age of 16 and 18. I scraped through my A levels but had applied to Edinburgh to do veterinary science, I loved animals, especially dogs. So without straight A’s I did not qualify.
What to do now?…What do I study?
My parents obviously wanted me to re-sit and follow the dream, but I had other ideas and felt it wasn’t meant to be. I took a position in the laboratories at Reckitt and Coleman, not a passion but it gave me the financial ability to be independent for a while. I studied a HND in Applied Biology with them and then applied as a mature student to do a broad based Business degree at City, London.
What did my future hold…?
I went into Sales and from there into Marketing/Advertising. This enabled me to travel the world, find consultancies and empowered me to go further than I ever would have as a Vet. I experienced so many new cultures and grew as a human being through all the challenges I had to face. It gave me an independence and a focus.
So in conclusion, my failure to not attain an academic success at 18 resulted in a fuller life and way more experiences that I would never have had if I had followed a career in Veterinary Science.
Do I have regrets, some, but I’ll never know what could have been, I only know what is and I am satisfied and happy with my achievements.
So when it comes to career choices and what one must do, let time do its job and all will be revealed if you are open to adventures and experiences, and above all always work hard for your dreams.
My advise is if you are not sure about what you would like to study is to go for Career Counselling, this will assist you to find your interests and to pursue a happy and fulfilling future.