If only everything we ever undertook was easy. Of course, if that was the case, we’d never feel challenged to learn anything new BUT everyone finds something easy. For me it’s writing rhyming poetry – quite a useful skill if I had wanted a career in card writing. I may still go down that road. Who knows? For others they were given a gift of athleticism or they like to cook. It could be a tangible skill like being practical with your hands or something intangible like finding it easy to listen to people. Take a moment to write down something you find easy to do.
So you have found something that comes easily to you. It may be as simple as being able to talk or listen but these are important skills. Some of our skills are innate but even things that come naturally need nurturing. We had to be taught how to talk, walk, hold a spoon, read and write. There is probably not a day goes by when you’re not learning something new. So you have built up a skills base. Of course, 99.9% of us can read and write so what we need to do is develop skills that set us apart, that make us unique, that tap into the essence of who we are. Not surprisingly, this takes time and thought.
When deciding on what study you will undertake at a University level, start from where you are already. Remember too that what you study is not necessarily what you’ll become. This is not the end of the road. The original concept of a university education was to provide a base from which to launch into a specialised area. Two Universities in Australia, Monash and UWA now require students to undertake an undergraduate degree before going on to study medicine, law or vet science. Why? Because commitment requires maturity and maturity comes with age. I site the story I read recently about a young woman who left school at 15 to work in a shop, with few aspirations other than to earn some money. She did this for a while until finding herself bored she began a secretarial course. Once she completed this, she took a job as a receptionist in a doctor’s surgery. Soon after she thought she might study nursing and realised that she would have to get her senior qualification so enrolled at Tafe and after graduating enrolled in a nursing degree part time completing it in record time. By this time, she was 22 years old and for many that would have been enough study for a while but working in a hospital gave her the drive to push herself that little bit further. She decided to become a doctor, which she accomplished in six years. At the age of 28 she had accomplished a goal that at the outset of the journey she had no idea she had. There is an important message in this true story. Sometimes our careers or life’s purpose evolves rather than is decided upon. Jessica just kept listening to her heart and with the support of a few mentors, found herself where she needed and wanted to be. Jessica developed her skills along the way but perhaps her innate quality was compassion and kindness – important qualities to have in the health industry wouldn’t you say?
So think about what comes easily to you, what characteristics do you have which make you individual and what skills do you already have that you could build on? But also remember that everyone can learn a new skill and they are not gender specific.