I left school when I was 16 years old because I wanted to be a Nanny and I tried to get on a training course but there were no placements. I got a job as a Nanny and for a while I was very happy because I thought it was what I really wanted to do.
After about two years, I realised it wasn’t the right job for me and I left to try to find other work. It’s very hard trying to find a job with no qualifications or experience and the only jobs I could find were low paid.
I worked in bars, restaurants and hotels for about ten years but never settled anywhere as I wasn’t realising my full potential. I became bored very easily and found the work repetitive and tiring.
During my twenties I regretted not having chosen a college or university education, my jobs were mundane and wages were still very low. I wasn’t getting anywhere and I decided to go to university to study engineering.
Going back to school is the best thing I ever did and now I’m doing work I enjoy that really interests me and I get to travel a lot.
Being content and happy at work is worth so much more than any money.
After high-school graduation, I took 1 year off to pursue my sports career in gymnastics. I think that this one year off allowed me to relax and be more ready for college!
During college, I have not taken any years off, but sometimes I only took a few classes during one semester or took a summer off in order to relax! It is important to relax sometimes so that you can keep going strong with your education and not get burnt out.