Well, I'm still at school, so I'm answering the question as 'What would I like to do'
From as early as I can remember up until I was about 14, all I ever wanted to be was a commercial pilot, there was no question about it, however, when I was about 14, my dad said to me 'you probably won't like this, but I'd say you would be better as cabin crew, you're good with people and you still get to fly and be paid for it'. I actually reacted quite well to this (I think he was expecting the opposite of 'actualy, that sounds quite like a job I'd want to do).
So, for about 8 months or so, the answer to the question was 'Cabin crew for sure', I planned it all out, I'd work for BA
, be based in LHR
and wanted to one day be a Cabin Service Director (person incharge of the cabin crew on the plane).
Then, and I don't know how, suddenly looked at a career in the military, we had the army come in to the school and I suddenly changed, it changed from wanting to be cabin crew to wanting to be Soldier. It then changed several times, Soldier (for about a week I admit), Military policeman (for a month or two), Driver (for some strange reason, I quite liked the idea of driving), Officer, helicopter pilot in the Army Air Corps.
Then, my dad (having been in the Territorial army himself for a few years) basically set me straight (for which I wasn't too pleased at the time but now, being the person I was then, I see why) told me I wasn't really suited to being in the army as a soldier, certainly not Military Police or front-line infantry (in which he was a Private thought to Corporal, so he knew what he was talking about), told me of 4am runs, 2am finishes, lots of drill, LOTS of being shouted at and lots and lots of getting cold and wet, and seeing my slightly down-hearted look staring back at him, suggested the RAF would be a better option, since they didn't involve so much 'army style stuff' and (in his words, not mine) were the 'softer of the services', typical him !
I joined the cadets at the beginning of this year and that helped me see what the military was really like, and on the way really has changed me. To be frank, I used to be a bit of a wimp, bit of a teachers pet, suck and and overall a bit spoilt, but now I'm much, much more mature, able to lead people well and with confidence, live 'in the field' for days on end without whining to the officer that I want to go home, I'm able to take a beasting or five, made loads of new friends, meet loads of new people and am enjoying every moment of it. This helped me see for first hand what service was like and when I raised the subject of being a soldier with my dad a month or two ago, he had a much more positive response, saying in his mind, I would be able to do it.
So, then I looked, and wanted to be: RAF pilot, Weapons systems operator, Driver in the army (again), Military policeman (in either the Airforce or army), Officer (I'm really good at leading people, making decisions and have the thumbs up of approval from every cadet I've commanded that, in all honesty, I was a good leader) and even being in the special forces !
I've looked at both full time and part time careers in the military and while I've looked at all these options, I've been looking at being an aircraft engineer with (preferably) BA
, again, like my dad (he seems a bit of an influence on me hehe) and have looked again at being a pilot in both civilian and military world, my brother training to be a pilot however, showed me how much stuff he had to learn and set it to me straight how hard it was.
So, in conclusion, I've looked at MANY different jobs, from front-line infantry soldier, Military Policeman, ammo tech, Officer and driver, through to pilot, (non pilot) aircrew, cabin crew, aircraft engineer.
In reality, I don't truly know what I want to do in life at the moment, I could go military, I could go civilian world. I have sat down many times with my (mainlly) dad but also my brother, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc and discussed mnay different job including the ones I've mentioned. I've been told by dad that really, I'd be better suited as an officer in the military, whatever I do, that I need to do a job that'll get me out of bed no matter how cold or how stupidly early it is, and I agree with im, yet, you see, the problem is, I love aircrafts, yet I don't know if a job without aircrafts could still be could for me and equally, that no matter how much he strains about getting the highest position you can, as quickly as you can (officer or, in the case of non pilot aircrew and the odd army job, Sergeant) I still wouldn't mind being a driver (which is a private rank and doesn't involve aircrafts at all, in all reality, it's just driving trucks full of cargo and/or troops from one place to another, yet it still interest me and am seriously thinking about doing it in the Territorial army.
Advice to people my agein a similar position ?
1) Get the BEST education you can, get he best grades, apply for any extra exams and work your ass to the ground, that way, you won't be disapointed when you leave school at your results. Messiing around in class and joking around will ultimately only result in getting bad grades, which in turn limits the amount of jobs you can apply for and hence, limits your options, once your education ends, doors only close, very few open. I'm hoping to earn a BTEC (2 science GCSEs) from cadets and earn a non-school computer qualification. Things liek this will not only set you apart from the everyone else, but look good on the CV
and are another thing to talk about.
2) Take EVERY opertunity you can. I've done my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's award, and hope to get both Silver and Gold in the future, these will only improve your CV
. Do something like Cadets, scouts etc, again, it's something to put down on the CV
, a place to meet new people, make new friends, learn new stuff and expose you to experiences you may have shyed away from but come back saying 'WOW, that was fun', trust me, I used to HATE outdoors life, now I spend many a weekend 'in the field' with the military.
3) Do your best at everything, no matter how much you hate it. I've done many things I've hated, but now look back on and think, 'well, it was worth while'. Remember, nobody, not even yourself can ask for more than for you to do your best and that way, you'll never be left asking 'what if..' because you'll know you could do any better. You'll look back in years to come and realise how easy school was and how you could have done better.
4) Remember, life isn't easy, it's hard, it sucks a lot of the time and it'll feel like the whole world's got it easy compared to you. Trust me, it hasn't and just remember, we've all had bad times, everyone's been in your shoes at some point. Ignore those that try to drag you down for whatever reason, they won't get as far in life because they can't cope with people being different.
5) You won't always know what you want to do, some people will know what they want to do from the word go and do that job. Others will wonder around a bit and then decide on a job, some will however, have to wait, think long and hard and sometimes do jobs just to earn money just to pay the bills before they figure out what they really want to do. But don't worry, thinks will get clearer as you get older and you WILL changed what you want to do every 3 minutes at some points. At some point, you will find a job that you love, sometimes you've just got to look hard. Who knows, you might end up doing something you never would have thought of a few years back.
6) Lastly, DO
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
. Don't let someone talk you into doing something you don't really want to do, if you're content with your job, if that's the one job that gets you out of bed in the morning no matter what, the job you truly love and want to do untill you retire, then do it, no matter how low paid, no matter what other people think of it, do it.
It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks of it, they don't do it and they won't understand. Everyone has their place in society and somebody needs to do that job somone-else doesn't want to do.
Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..