I met a guy yesterday who talked about how he got to where he is today. He had a lot of opportunities thrown his way, some of which he didn’t take because he knew where he wanted to get to. If an opportunity doesn’t fit in with where you want to end up, should you take it? He didn’t think so.
He said that it’s better to find a career than a job, which I’ve always believed in, which is probably why I’ve struggled so much to find a job/career. If you know what you want to do, where you want to end up, then you know which jobs will help you get there.
This leaves me with a question that I’m not entirely sure I can answer.
What do I want to do with my life? Where do I want to end up?
I know that I want to work with young people. I feel passionate about doing so and my recent summer job was such an amazing environment that I can’t help but recognise how much I want to work with young people. I thrive in that environment and I can’t see my life going in any other way.
But there’s so much out there, so many different jobs involving working with young people. Which one do I want? Which section of the children/young people’s sector do I want to be part of? Do I want to work in a school? (The answer is probably no.) Do I want to work in a youth club? (It sounds good, but there’s limited opportunities in this area related to youth clubs because they’re opening very big, very expensive ones which cut down on the number of potential jobs. The jobs that have been advertised have been quite specialist [art, sports, etc.] so I don’t exactly fit into any category.) So what do I want to do?
I wish I knew.
I have a few ideas of things I would love to do. Setting up my own charity would be one. But how can I set up my own charity when I feel I don’t have enough experience in a charity to even have such a responsible role?
I want to either set up a volunteering programme which allows young people (probably 14-18 or maybe 16-25, or perhaps a mix. 14-17 with 18-25 to support the younger ones) to do projects in the community. It comes off the back of my summer job. I want to do more with young people around them owning projects, driving forward change, putting things into action. It can be quite costly though and money is certainly the biggest issue with the whole idea of setting up my own charity.
I’m also interested in young people and creative writing. Schools focus so much on getting young people through English exams. It’s less about the English language and more about English language exams. I would love to be able to do workshops with young people around building up creative writing skills, helping them to hone their skills in a creative manner.
There’s no reason why I couldn’t do both, if I was able to get some money to do so. The creative writing idea is only one of many, many potential projects that could exist within a charity for young people. But there are also, as I said about youth centres, many projects that exist for young people. Do we really need any more? Can I not just find one that does enough of what I want to do? Well, yes, I could.
But there’s no jobs available right now…
So what else am I supposed to do but dream?