Thursday, November 25, 2010

Changing course: what I wanna be when I grow up

Oh I have been a busy bee. I've been trying to read blogs when I can but this has been my first chance to write. I have a new desk which is great, but rather than having my laptop in the lounge room so I can be with Noo while he plays and I type, I'm now tucked away in our bedroom which makes it harder to spend as much time as I was working on my blog. 

Lots has been happening. I dropped out of my web design course at TAFE and enrolled into a Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) through Open Universities to study by correspondence. This year at TAFE has not gone to waste though. I have gained so much knowledge and insight into the World Wide Web and confirmed my love for and interest in it. I have also been able to narrow down where my interests lie in this broad field. Basically I am no programmer. I attempted to learn the basics of JavaScript twice and still couldn't pass. My heart wasn't in it because it just didn't come naturally to me and I really think programming has to be something you just get otherwise it is such a struggle.

Working towards a BA Online Communications

To give you some background, I have worked in office administration for my whole career. I was a bloody good admin assistant too. Organised, a good communicator, efficient and very computer literate. I have always had a job. When I left school after year 12 I started working as a junior secretary and worked my way up to be a senior executive assistant with various employers. I was in my last role for nearly 8 years.  For a long time I loved what I did but after my breakdown in 2007 I just couldn't go back to the job I'd always enjoyed. I was burnt out. Over it.

Taking time out of the workforce to heal my shattered soul has also given me lots of time to reflect on the choices I've made and the path my life has taken. It has also given me the opportunity to make changes to turn my life into something extraordinary - well, that is the part I'm up to now. After changing where I lived (moving from London back to Sydney), my lifestyle (getting sober) and my family status (having a baby), I am now ready to change my career.

As work takes up such an enormous part of our lives I think it is so important that we do something we love if we can. So for me, to now be gaining a better understanding of what I want to do and to have the confidence to make this career change while in my mid 30s, it is a very exciting step forward.

I am frightened though. Who wouldn't be? It has been a long time coming, and there is a lot at stake, but I am getting more brave with every day that passes. I've enrolled to do the first two units of my degree over the next three months and then I'm thinking the next step is to get some work experience with an online marketing/web design agency while studying at the same time. Argh! Until recently, I couldn't even think about work, let alone talk/write about it, without feeling extremely anxious and nauseous. Even typing this post has taken me ages. I don't really expect anybody to read this one as it is not band related and it babbles on too much but it is therapy for me.

So, what do I want to be? I want to be involved in the process that helps businesses develop their entire online strategy. From building their website, to using social media for marketing, search engine optimisation... everything. Well, that is the general idea, but I am sure over time as I study more and get some agency experience, I will be able to narrow it down further. If anyone out there reading this has any advice for me in this area, I'd love to read a comment about it.

So there we have it. I am now a university student. I'm very excited about this next step and will keep you posted with how it all goes.

I will post tomorrow with band news.



Outback Bandit said...

That's great news!

Can you get any credit for the Tafe subjects? Or do they only recognise if you complete the course?

Liz said...

You're a uni student!!! Yay :) Well done for realising what you want and GETTING IT!!! You realised that the TAFE course wasn't for you and enrolled for uni instead, thats great. I'm actually thinking about enrolling through open university mid next year too. Glad to see you getting things sorted :) xx

Rachel said...

That is wonderful!!!!~

Justawallflower said...

Wow, I really admire you! I am set to finish up my bachelor in accounting next summer. I love numbers, and am excited about the degree, but I have no idea what I am going to do with the degree. I am so lost, and have no idea where I'm going. This is something I have been thinking about a lot the last couple days, and it really depresses me. Anyway, not about me, I am happy for you. Good luck to you!

Silverhairedgoddess said...

Sounds like you know what you want - I think its great that you are taking the steps to be successful in what you want to do in the future - good luck :)

Something About Kellie said...

I see that as a very brave move and very admirable - something a lot of us wish we could do but due to life circumstances never really get the chance to try - good luck!! :)

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