My time in my current position as an office worker is coming to an end at the end of the month and while I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, receiving excellent support and gaining new skills, and am feeling sad that I am not staying for longer, I am also looking forward to the future.
I am lucky enough to have gained a lot of office work and customer service experience that I am sure I will be able to gain a new position soon enough and have applied for lots of positions that utilise the skills I have gained over the course of my working life and would be happy to become part of another office and team.
I am also really lucky to have gained qualifications in my field of hobbies and interests which I blog about here and am now able to look to other roles that would utilise these and have been looking into a career as an Occupational Therapist. I know that this role would be brilliant for me as I enjoy working with people, helping them and assisting them in day-to-day life. Being creative means that I can often think outside the box and think of ways to adapt existing objects to assist with daily life and find new ways of doing the same things. The great thing about this kind of role is that you can sit with someone, old or young, male or female, whatever their level of skill and teach them new skills or help them to re-engage with hobbies and interests that they may have had prior to an illness or a change of life event. I have seen, from experience, how powerful the emotional and physical healing can be when integrating a persons hobby or interest into a care plan can be, from seeing a person with limited movement start knitting and seeing the progression she has made in creating a simple scarf to being able to hold scissors and cut out intricate designs to use on cards, happiness can be a great healer. It is something I feel that I would love to do as a career and would be really rewarding both for the client and for me.
The other avenue I have been exploring, though not to the extent of the therapies side of arts and crafts, is teaching. When I started out on my Foundation degree in Art, media and Design, this was an avenue I really wanted to go down but over time the need to pay bills and work became more of a necessity. Now I am considering applying for my PGCE in art so I can teach the subject at secondary school level (11year olds to 16year olds). I have been drafting up an application form to send in to UCAS for the past few weeks, hopefully, to gain a place on a course near my home, hopefully for the academic year 15/16 but probably will be the year after in all honesty.
Other roles that I have been considering are roles involving specialist photography, something that I can use the knowledge and skills I have built up in university. I know that I would be good in an advertising position and also in an art photography position and have applied for several jobs in these areas. For me though, these jobs probably require a degree in Fashion and Advertising Photography. The degree I hold is Photographic Art, which has a much larger base of skills that are not specific enough for that role, but if you don’t try, you never know, right?
I’m glad that I have been able to work for the last year and a half, full-time, whilst completing my degree, grateful to my employer for allowing me the time off that was needed for university lectures and other university work and also for my colleagues who have been really understanding of my time away from the office. I have been lucky enough to be able to work on a flexible hours scheme which has meant that I have been able to work full-time whilst studying, therefore getting the best of both worlds.
And while I really am going to be sad to have to say goodbye to my team members and other work colleagues I have met along the way, I am also glad I am able to explore other working avenues that interest me. I have gained so much in skills and experience and I can continue to build on these both in my personal and professional development whatever I decide to do in the future.