This was originally posted on @Staffrm for the 44 Weeks Writing Challenge. Do join in if you haven’t already!
What would I be doing if I wasn’t a teacher? Well, my header image on this post is a big clue as to what I would have liked to be doing. I’ve wanted to be an astronaut for as long as I can remember. I hardly ever voiced this dream because that’s all it was – a dream. And no, I’m not saying that in a “I gave up on my dreams, woe is me” sort of way. It’s just that all I really wanted to do was see the Earth from outer space and bounce around on the moon. All the other hard work that actually comes with being an astronaut, the physical training, the in-depth knowledge of STEM, was never a passion of mine. You don’t get to space just by reading books about it!What was my passion? English. Writing, reading, all things book and pen! So for a long time I told myself I was going to be a writer. I was going to write children’s books and poems. This is still something I think I will do one day but it soon became apparent that this was more of a hobby than a viable career choice. There were no adverts in the local paper for jobs as a children’s writer.
Ah, but there were have it; the local paper. I could become a journalist… Or so I thought! A career where I get to write for a living. Excellent! So I set off for university and began my degree in Journalism and English Literature.
And I realised I was NOT going to be a journalist.
Whilst I enjoyed the course, I knew very early on that a career in journalism was not for me. I was not cut out for that competitive, aggressive world so, feeling thankful that I’d opted to do English Literature as well as Journalism, I began thinking about teaching.
Would it be interesting and challenging? Check.
Do I get to continue with my passion for English, reading and writing? Definitely.
Would it be a steady career choice, something I could really succeed in and be proud of? Absolutely!
So I applied for a PGCE. As soon as I took my seat on the first day of the course, surrounded by people who had always dreamed of teaching and those, like me, who had found it later on, I knew right away that I had made the right choice.
So there you have it. I could have been an astronaut, a children’s writer or journalist. I guess I still could be. But I’m sticking with this choice for now.