Beyond money, beyond income, beyond opportunities – becoming
self-made starts with choosing yourself". – Nely Galan
It's hard to believe in something, especially when that ‘something'
is yourself. Creating a successful outcome takes effort. And this time
of year you might fall into the trap of thinking that you don't have
enough left in the tank to get you through until graduation.
Evolving from amateur to expert is never going to take a simple step.
There is a process involved, many processes in-fact, which make up the
tapestry that is your learning outcome. If you don't trust yourself
and the learning process it will negatively impact on your future, not
to mention let yourself down.
Here is a little dose of honesty for you. I don't like telling this
story because even though I got back on the right path I am still
ashamed that I gave up on myself. In 2008 I was three years into my
study. I'll be honest, I found studying in my early twenties a chore.
I had an okay part-time job and didn't like spending my spare time learning.
I had the five year career plan. When it suited me I was totally
ambitious and sure of my career goals (you know like when your parents
ask you what your plans are). However, I was at a point in my life
where I was above learning and all the effort required. So I quit.
Yes, I am the example of what not to do. Who quits with six months of
study to go? Me. That's who.
As time passed, friends graduated and started impressive sounding
careers. And I was left behind. Every job interview I sat through,
when the dreaded education question popped up, my confidence shrunk a
little more. It reminded me of how short sighted I was at 22 years
old. Now when I look back at that smug young woman who thought she
didn't need ‘a piece of paper' to prove her worth, I want to scream at her.
After years of avoidance I finally re-enrolled in my course and spent
four years balancing fulltime work and part-time
study until I reached graduation day. It was way harder than being
a fulltime student but I was proud that I had finished.
Over the years I have questioned the real reason I quit. I knew I was
struggling but I never reached out to my teachers for help. I found
excuses not to study which was easy to do because I was looking for
them. I didn't trust the process, learning is hard for everyone, and
even experts start out as beginners.
Being qualified provides you with more than a shiny certificate to
confirm you turned up to TAFE and submitted your assignments. Your
qualification is your badge of honour. It will give you confidence in
your career; it demonstrates to future employers that you are driven
(trust me this is a big one) and ensures you have appropriate job skills.
So if you're struggling with your course, speak up. Don't let your
fears, laziness or excuses derail your career goals. Remember you
enrolled for a reason.
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