April 30, 2013, by Beca
Its getting to that time, nearly 2/3 of the way through my degree that I can’t really hide from the future anymore – like it or not, this time next year I’ll be heading out in the real world, I can only put the decisions that entails off for so long.
I’ve never really been one to base too much of what I do in the present on what I want to achieve in the future. I have a fair amount of things on my CV but that’s more because they’re things I wanted to do at the time – this Friday is my last day working for the Inspire Mentors scheme that the university runs in partnership with Nottingham Trent. I know that it is going to look great on my CV and that its also helped me improve my organisational and communication skills but in truth I did it because I enjoy working with kids and wanted to be able to help people in a way that would positively impact their lives.
Because I simply had to fit this in somewhere – say hello to the new Jitsu President of 2013/2014. Also something that will look good on my CV if I survive the next year.
Being stopped by the guys working with the Careers Roadshow on University Park asking for a moment of time was what really kick started my thinking this week although being honest it was promise of a cupcake that first caught my attention.
Perhaps conveniently, the army careers advisor was at EMUOTC this week so I went to chat to him about the joining process and what I need to do to get to where I need to be if I want to be able to go to Sandhurst when I finish next year. It was actually really helpful and I went home that night to complete my application which has now been sent.
If that is that path I want to go down, I’m almost 99% sure, then I know I need to work on my fitness. I’ve been really good this week both on the food and exercise front. I had 2x 2mile+ runs, a circuits session, a jitsu session and a cheeky 14km in the Peak District with RamSoc though I’m not sure how long I can keep this up before my body revolts and just refuses to get out of bed (there have been a few close calls). I also have a new toy which is fast driving my housemates insane;
There’s still that small part of me that wonders if I’d be happier following a different career path, can I really walk away from the chance to keep working with my cadets, from working with young people completely. Do I want a life where I’m essentially told what to do?
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Do you look at your future? Have you been making plans, taking steps? Do you even know what you want to do when you leave?