Today I am delighted to welcome Hope Flynn as our guest blogger. Her very personal account of how her career has developed to date is an inspiration for anyone who reads her blog. It is an account that comes straight from the heart. Thank you Hope.
When I was younger I always remember people asking me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer’s varied week to week, from dentist to make-up artist or accountant to a fashion buyer. I guess I never really knew what I wanted to do and sometimes in life I think that’s ok. Without having a set career goal as a teenager, I always found myself studying the subjects I enjoyed and the ones in which I naturally excelled.
After applying to many Universities to study English Literature (at this point with the idea of becoming a journalist), I continued with my A-Levels and started work experience at the mental health research centre in Imperial College alongside a Professor. This work experience was unplanned and offered to me out of the blue by a family friend. This made me question what I wanted to do in the future (again) and when the time came to go off to University I had a complete change of heart. Instead of English literature I went off to study Psychology with the hope of becoming as focused and as successful in research as the Professor I work alongside. After a year of studying towards my degree I realised that Psychology was not for me.
I knew that I enjoyed making a positive impact on people’s lives and I loved to see enjoyment on people’s faces. As I am creative and organised I have always been in charge of family parties and functions, so I decided to utilise on this and start working in the events industry. This was great experience and I gained a lot of practical experience in the fashion, sporting and music side of events. At the same time I was studying for an accounting qualification and working as an accounts assistant. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working in events but in the back of my mind I knew that although I have never known exactly what I wanted to be, I just knew I wanted to be successful with a degree to support the career path I eventually would choose.
After hearing a GSM London advert on the radio I immediately booked an appointment with a course advisor and I started the BSC Events Management 2 year accelerated course the following month. This degree was absolutely perfect for me; I was able to study a subject that I loved and one I had experience in. Whilst studying for my degree I heard about the teaching fellow programme here at GSM London. This provides graduates with the opportunity to study their PGCHEP whilst undertaking pedagogic research and using their experience within GSM London to develop programs and enhance the student experience. I decided to apply and was delighted when I got the position.
When I was younger I never imagined that I would become a lecturer but right now I could not envision being anything else. Without my degree and experience studying at GSM London none of this would be possible. I am now able to share my experience within the events industry and share my knowledge with students and for me that is extremely rewarding.
Life is not about working towards one particular career goal. It’s about creating memories, learning, and being grateful and proud of the lessons learnt along the way. If you have no idea what you want to do, that’s ok. Keep aiming to broaden your experience and knowledge and your path will create itself.