Happy Monday, my lovelies. My first Monday post, in fact of 2017, if I’m not mistaken. Previously here on the blog, Monday’s were always when I posted a weekly recap post. As 2016 ended, I stopped doing these posts as I found them becoming very repetitive, and I feel like this will happen again if I start doing weekly recaps, so I’ve been trying to decide what to fill in that Monday blog post spot. Back in September of 2016 I started a e-Business/Cloud Management course, and I have to admit I really enjoy it. One of the aspects I really enjoy the most of it, is the Digital Marketing aspect. I feel like that’s something that I could incorporate onto this blog, as well as having all my bookish posts as well as everything else. Alas, in order to do that, I feel like I can’t just dive in. I need to tell the story of how I came to where I am now. Here it is. Something very different. I hope you enjoy…
“DON’T LET THE ‘FUNK’ HOLD YOU BACK”.
In September of 2016, I returned to education and I started a course in E-Business and Cloud Management in VTOS/LMETB Navan, Co. Meath Ireland.
Prior to this it had been a solid 2 years, if not more, since I had last been in the world of education. After completing my leaving cert in 2011, I started a one-year level 5 course in Graphic Design and Portfolio Preparation in BCFE. This course was great for me at the time, as I was convinced being an artist/graphic designer was the career path I wanted to pursue. After completing that course, I then went on to do a 2-year course in Illustration, also in BCFE, which by the end of it completely changed my perspective on what I wanted to do. While I still enjoyed drawing and painting, I wasn’t too confident that it was necessarily something I could make a career out of. While I was certainly passionate about it, my brain had clicked into gear and I was starting to doubt my abilities and whether my art was good enough. By the end of the 2-year course, I had too many assignments which needed re-submitting, including a 3000-word essay, and unfortunately didn’t end up getting my qualification. In hindsight, I’m not as sore about it as I thought I would be. I still managed to see the 2-year course through to the end, and learned all the exact same stuff that my fellow classmates did.
After the course, it wasn’t very long after that I picked up a part-time job in my local Art & Hobby shop. That quickly turned into 2 years of very part-time work in the Art & Hobby shop, and after sending endless job applications and attending countless interviews, I quickly got myself into a ‘funk’ because I basically didn’t know what I was doing with my life. I was living at home, working less than 12 hours a week, and getting payments from the social welfare to help keep me afloat. With each failed job interview, my desire to do anything lessened. Family members and friends were full of suggestions on what I should do. Apply for a job here, do a course there. It wasn’t until a course was suggested that I even considered returning to education. I had done my 3 years of college and I thought I was finished with the education system. I started looking up courses, thinking “hey, this is a great idea!”—that is until reality set in and I realised even if I did want to return to education, I couldn’t afford it. I had already applied and gotten my grant for the illustration course, so I wasn’t too sure if I would be even eligible to apply again for another one. With my hopes dashed once again, I cast all thoughts of returning to education aside. That is of course, until one fateful day, a letter popped through the letterbox of my front door, the envelope stamped with the letters LMETB.
Looking back to before I did this course, I can’t believe I even let myself get into this ‘funk’ that I was in. Not knowing what you’re doing or where you’re going in life is a scary place to be. For anyone who ever finds themselves in the situation I was in, I say to you: don’t give up hope. Everyone has a path that they’re meant to take, and you are destined to find it one way or another. It might not be today or tomorrow, but it’s out there. It’s taken me 2 years (if not more) to figure out what I want to do, and to be honest, I still don’t think I am quite 100% sure, and it has taken some of my classmates a hell of a lot longer. I’m a firm believer of “what’s meant to be won’t pass you by.” So, don’t let it!