In 2011, I took voluntary redundancy from my job as a secretary and began looking after my daughter full time. We were struggling with nursery fees so it seemed like the best idea at the time. Then I got pregnant again and it seemed that I would now be a stay at home mum until my second child was old enough to go to school. So I am now potentially out of work for 3 more years and then I would only be able to do part time, as she would go to nursery part time.
Being a secretary by trade and knowing that the majority of administrative jobs are the ones that are being made redundant first, I figured that I am going to need a new set of skills. What better thing to do than a degree?! I never had the opportunity to go to University at the age of 18 and if I am honest I had had enough of being in an educational setting and set off into the big world to get a job. I have always been good at my job as a secretary, but it seems that those skills are not going to get me very far in the future (on their own I mean).
I have a huge interest in Astronomy, but I don’t have a full understanding of what it all means. I decided that a degree in Natural Science (physics and astronomy pathway) would be what I would like to learn so here I am. I am looking forward to the course starting and I will be starting to read the first book in the course material this weekend. Yes, I was always the swotty one in school, had my homework in on time and knew my course material inside out. Although sometimes that didn’t come across in my exam results. I panic and my mind goes blank, but I don’t need to worry about that until September.
So here I am, blogging, eagerly awaiting the start of what I see as being the start of the rest of my life. I do worry that at 28 years old, I could be starting my career a little late, but when I truly think about it the career that I had chosen has become redundant and I need to start again. I suppose it is never too late to do anything if you really want to do it.
Wish me luck, I am certainly going to need it.