You may have read my post last year, where I felt excited about a new direction, well actually revisiting an old direction… I was planning to restrain as a hairdresser. I received such lovely feedback and at the time it felt right. However, I didn’t actually do anything about it. It actually did NOT feel right. It’s all good fun to retrain, to dream of buying or building a salon, to think of fun times working with my best friend. However, remembering the bare realities of an industry with tough competition and the prospect of taking YEARS to build up a regular client base… the dream and the appeal have gone.
This is not a bad thing! I have spent months finding out more about who I am and what I am capable of. What my personality would suit. What suits me. What I would love. What would fulfil the ambition in me. What would satisfy my thirst for knowledge and progression.
I have a new hobby that I love, which is about my Spiritual journey that I have also blogged about. For me though, the spiritual world isn’t a career choice, it’s fun and I want to keep it that way.
Should I go back into Human Resources? This would be the easiest option. I could fall back into the old skill set so easily, just reading an HR job vacancy brings it all back and I still regularly give employment advice to family and friends. But is this really who I want to be?
10 months later and I have reached an epiphany of sorts. I have always been interested in Psychology and my new hobby has reminded me of this.
As I got into my late 20’s and into my 30’s I have regretted not going to University after leaving school. I love study and really thrived while I was studying for my Personnel Development (CIPD) Masters, sponsored by my employer at the time. When I went on to have children, I was excited to concentrate on this chapter in my life and work and study were an unwelcome distraction.
I now have 2 years until my youngest starts school, but as she is at playgroup now, this gives me study time and I can attend the monthly classes at weekends, which my husband fully supports. Without his support behind my dreams and looking after the children of course, none of this would be possible.
I have decided I am going to begin a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. A brand new direction for me. I am an empath, I am intuitive, others’ wellbeing is very important to me. Mostly, I feel this career direction fits ME.
I will be studying for 3 years to obtain an Honours degree and to be fully Accredited and Registered as a practising Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
So, I am now off to complete my application to begin studying in September.
I am scared and excited in equal amounts. Wish me luck!