But I didn’t start here, so allow me to take you on a journey, My journey.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a strong desire to succeed. However, I wasn’t particularly academic at school and I secretly struggled a lot. Because of this I often skipped lessons and got in with the wrong crowds which had a negative impact on my self-confidence and the way I perceived myself and the rest of the world.
I remember sitting with the careers advisor in my last year of high school and he said “Holly what do you want to be when you leave school?” I remember shrugging my shoulders saying, “I don’t know, all I know is that I want to help people and make a difference” He said “brilliant! here are your options” and he lay a list of job profiles out in front of me.
None of them resonated, in fact the thought of being boxed into a category & working hard for the rest of my life didn’t excite me, It made me feel sick to the stomach, and looking back it was understandable I was only 15.
Despite my urge to resist conformity & my difficulty sitting still in a classroom environment, I followed the masses and went on to further education.
6 years later I graduated from university ready to take on to the working world, I was excited because I was ready to change some lives and make some big bucks.
But of course, that wasn’t the true reality of the 9-5pm, I was constantly tied up with bureaucracy and all too often I found myself working with people who didn’t want to be helped … On top of that I was very overworked and extremely underpaid. Relate?