My future plans

Several conversations with my younger colleagues at Primark, who felt stuck and unsure about their futures, made me realise how fortunate I am to know what career I’d like to pursue. I can appreciate this isn’t the case for everyone, so I thought I would share my future plans with you. Who knows, they might give you some ideas!

I thought I’d start with a little educational background. So for GCSEs, I was very much language orientated, taking Dutch and French early, and also completing Spanish and German GCSE at the normal time in year 11. I also had a big passion for history and apparently, was very good at religious studies!

At that point I believe, I was keen on pursuing a career in law. At the time, being in a grammar school, where the “norm” was wanting to be a doctor or lawyer, it was clear where that influence came from. Unfortunately, in my school, psychology was not an option at GCSE level, so I never gave it two thoughts, as I had no idea what it entailed etc.

My future plans

When A-level came around, I had restricted my choices to psychology, French and German, alongside an EPQ. I had dropped my lawyer idea, as I realised it didn’t suit my personality or passions, but psychology was what I wanted to pursue at university. The two languages were just something to fit my strengths I guess!

Fast forward two years, and I’m now only about 14 months away from graduating. I know what I want to do as a career now, but I’m unsure what to do after I graduate. The benefits of having a BSc in Psychology is that it opens a countless number of doors; some go into advertising, health, education, clinical… even work with the police force! Although I have a passion for many areas of psychology, I think my past work experiences and my personal qualities would suit working with children.

My future plans

Of course, the first thought then is educational psychology. However, I wanted to make more of an impact on children’s lives than an education psychologist role would allow me to do. I thus decided that a teacher would be the perfect role for me. Teach multiple children at once, always be kept busy, learn day by day and keep my days varies (plus, have you seen the length of the holidays???).

Here’s my debate, however. After graduation, I’m not sure whether to do a master’s degree, just in case I decide a teacher isn’t for me and want to keep my options open, or should I go straight away into a teacher conversion degree so I can start working a.s.a.p? I think a masters would be helpful to have, however, I don’t see myself disliking being a teacher or getting bored of it. Would it end up being a “waste” of money and not particularly beneficial to my future or employability chances or would it do the opposite?

My future plans

That’s what I’m currently debating, but I hope something will happen between that time that makes the decision easier for me. In the meantime, I better start deciding what to write my dissertation on!

What would you like to do in the future? Or is what you’re doing now in line with what you wanted to do when you were younger? Let me know in the comments!

The Frugal Frenchie

10 thoughts on “My future plans

  1. Perhaps I’m not the best person to answer this question because I have no experience in that area but I’d say do the conversion so you can get stuck in and start earning money then if in the future you decide to, you can do the masters alongside your teaching job. I teach part time currently and while I love it, it was never the main goal. However, I agree, you never get bored in teaching!!

    1. I don’t know much about masters, is it possible to do it while working? I thought it’d be really really time consuming?
      I quite like the idea of working a.s.a.p simply due to money reasons I’m just worried if it’ll hinder future me.
      Thank you for your opinion though, it’s great to have other people’s views xx

  2. I’m in my first year at Uni studying design and I absolutely love it. When I was younger, I wanted to be an artist/painter. Then I realised that I was pretty terrible at painting so I got into digital art and photoshop. It’s my dream to be a graphic designer. I feel like as you get older, the more harder decisions become. Whatever you decide, I’m sure everything will turn out just great. 🙂

    1. Aw thank you for that! Graphic design is such a good industry nowadays, I’m sure you’ll be fab too xx

  3. I did a master’s degree. 2 actually. I never felt like it was a waste. I did not know what i wanted to do after uni so it gave me more time to think about it. But besides that, it gave me more skills

    1. I’d love to carry on education for the love of it but it’s so expensive I don’t feel I can have that mentality 🙁
      I always feel so lucky though that I know what I want to do. What did you end up going into? xx

  4. My situation is different as I did my degree part time through the OU, and was already working, but a friend of mine told me she wishes she had waited a while between her undergrad and Masters. I think for my friend and I, taking a bit of a gap to work in our chosen field will give insight and direction before going onto postgrad study x

    1. Since writing this post I’ve actually considered working and doing a masters through the OU. Would you recommend it? Was it feasible?
      Glad a gap worked out for you xx

  5. At 27 years old I’m still undecided on what route to take with my career. I love working in the hospitality business but at the same time I want to carry on from where I left off 9 years ago regarding training to be a mental health nurse. It’s something I need to think about soon as I’m not getting any younger and now my kids are starting school, I can find the time to fit in college.

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

    1. Hopefully you can start doing what you love while they’re in school!
      I know what I want to do it’s just whether a masters would help me excel later on or not/ if I change my career path and do something psychology related I’ll need it so it’s very “what if” xx

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