I wish I knew my current career actually existed!! I won’t slam my secondary school, in fact I am viciously defensive of it. It gave many opportunities that many schools do not. We all completed a career personality type questionnaire to help us find out the best suitable career for us. Unsurprisingly, I scored highly on the “entertainment” sector and the second was “manager” especially in a bar!! Being a Muslim, I couldn’t exactly see myself doing that!!
Even now when I complete certain personality profile questionnaires I score highly on the professions suitable for CEOs or Managers. But whilst I know I can be a good leader I have always been interested in the human being. Since I was 13 I have been interested in the spiritual side of human beings, their physical and mental health. I used to read books on various faiths, exercise trends, criminal activity and had to question everything. The last trait is one I haven’t lost, to the misery of many I am sure!
After deciding to take the leap to be in my current career 12 years after finishing secondary school I thought I had wasted my university years doing a useless degree. I have since realised that I can use it within my personal and work life. For some reason having my degree in Psychology even gets me respect and when I reveal that I worked as an Assistant Psychologist in the largest female prison in western Europe…well that’s just the icing on the proverbial respect cake!
Due to financial constraints I could not continue on the Psychology career path and after working in many jobs that were far from fun with limited development opportunities I discovered Personal Training. I got myself a Diploma and when I complain to top trainers about how I wish I had known about this before, I am consoled by them when they explain that this career was not very well established then and sports science was also underdeveloped. So I am becoming a trainer at a good time!
Being an optimist, I try to make use of what resources I have. If I had known of Personal Training before perhaps I would have completed a different degree. Physical Education in my school between ’92-’96 was only really about having races and playing games. Science did not include exercise; I am sure it is still the same. There is still a HUGE amount of ignorance around Personal Training but I am never shy about correcting people! But I did want to become a Psychologist in High School and my career coach had empowered me to find out how I could be that.
If I knew then what I know now and if I was my career coach, I would have explored my interests further to decide the best course of action. A good coaching session would have helped me figure out how I could have incorporated my interests in to one or a portfolio of careers. I wish I had known that I don’t HAVE to have ONE career choice but several which is what I have now, all related to health: Personal Training and Hijama Therapy.