Sunday, 19 January 2014

Best. Decision. Ever.

When I was 21 I subscribed to Vogue magazine. So I have been receiving Vogue for the past 15 years of my life. I had just graduated with a degree in Media and had high hopes of being a PR whizz. But the problem was. I was crap at it.

It's all I ever wanted to do. When I was younger my friends and I used to go and see (stalk) bands. So from the age of 14 I wanted to be the woman who was with the band. Who made them famous. Who was super trendy and bffs with Zoe Ball (look it was the mid 90s). So I got an internship in a dance music PR agency and began the doomed career of a PR executive.

For five years I had some vaguely exciting dance music clients. And some horrifically boring business clients (petrol stations and mezzanine flooring). I stuffed one bazzillion million envelopes. And wrote one bazzillion million press releases. I was just. Well. Crap at it.

I wouldn't schmooze. I couldn't network (standing around talking to people in a bar when you really want to be at home watching Hollyoaks). I was utterly and completely useless. And utterly and completely miserable. One day Mother randomly suggested I tried teaching. I saw a way out and I grabbed it!

My beaut teachery bits and bobs. Pencil case at the age of 36??? Hell yeah!

So that's what I did. I gleefully jacked my job in with nothing to go to and using my PR skills of blagging, ended up on a reputable course and trained to be an RE teacher. Literally in the space of three months I went from sitting through endless boring meetings about the launching of new housing developments (who cares?) to teaching senior school kids about Islam.

A decade later and I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever done. Don't get me wrong, there's the odd day when I think you know what I would love to be all glam and hanging round celebs. But generally I love teaching. Every day is different and contrary to popular belief teenagers are hilarious. Seriously hilarious. 99% of the kids I have taught have been a joy. There's the odd strop. And occasionally one will shout at me but this is forgotten quickly. Oh and of course it's very rewarding blah blah. I love it. It was the best decision I have ever made.

I still get Vogue. If I get two minutes I have a flick through and have a glance into the world I was desperate to be a part of. But you know what I've done with this months issue? Ripped it up to make a monkey picture for my daughters preschool homework. Much more useful.

Mother.Wife.Me

8 comments:

  1. Good for you! I love that you had the guts to jack it in and that you found something you love as a result. I never found that... I am enjoying being a SAHM at the moment and am hoping that I will figure out what I want to do before I go back to work in a few years time! :) #AllAboutYou

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    1. I'm super lucky as I get to be a part time teacher and a part time mom! Two days a week I work now. It's lovely. Actually still trying to get my head round not being a full time working mom like with my first! xxx

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  2. Do you still make kids cover their exercise books in wallpaper?? You could tell who's been reading your blog by whoever comes into school with their books covered in back issues of Vogue.

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    1. Ha ha ha! No we don't let the kids take their books home. They would lose them within ten minutes. Times have changed bab x

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  3. So sorry it's taken me so long to get round to leaving you a comment... I used to be a PR, I used to subscribe to Vogue, so I hear ya sista!!! Thanks so much for linking up to #AllAboutYou, look forward to seeing you there again this week. Just off to pin this post now x

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    1. It just seemed so glam didn't it? But it's not. It is boring and full of not very nice people. Defo joining this week xxx

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  4. What a great post, it's amazing isn't it how we think we really really want to do something, and force ourselves into a world that isn't actually quite right for us. I subscribed to Vogue, did a design degree and thought I wanted to be in fashion forever... until so much changed! Well done you for changing your path, and thanks so much for linking this post up to #AllAboutYou - this is my second shot at commenting! Hope you can be back tomorrow for another link and pin party. x

    Mama-andmore.com

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    1. I'm so so so much happier now. People always say oh I would hate to be a teacher. But I love it so much. Taking the kids to a mosque tomorrow and I just can't wait! I am a geek xxx

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