Posted on October 5, 2018

#Blogtober18 Day 5 – Education

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Day 5’s prompt for #Blogtober18 is education. I could talk about how stressed my oldest is now he is doing  his third year of uni, or how the younger two are getting on or how I appreciate their amazing teachers but today I thought I’d talk about me and my education or lack of it…

I had a poor education as a child, especially at secondary school. Looking back I would say that I was overlooked really. I wasn’t the most well behaved student and I feel like I didn’t have the right guidance from anyone to keep me on the right track. I’m definitely not stupid but I didn’t understand the importance on education when I was younger. To be honest nowadays I feel rather angry and slighted by this. I’m angry with my parents, my teachers for not looking past my foolishness and trying to help me get somewhere in life. But I guess it’s easy to pass them blame – I really should have just knuckled down and got on with it.

Regardless of who or what is to blame I cannot turn the clock back now and at the ripe old age of 41 I have decided it is time to change. I can do plenty of things, I’ve been running my own businesses for the past 10+ years, I’ve managed shops, worked with children, created award winning websites and so much more but I haven’t really got any formal qualifications. This isn’t great when you’d really like to get out and start working again!


At school I did pass my English and RE GCSE’s and then went onto to get a GNVQ level 2 in Health and social care but that is where my qualifications end. So for the past two months I have been ‘homeschooling’ myself GCSE maths and I’m going to be doing my exam next May. I am really enjoying studying again and do really want to take it further but putting yourself through education as a mature student is expensive and rather time consuming so we will see what happens.

I’ve always wanted to be a midwife and after reading some lovely comments on my day 1 Blogtober post I feel like it isn’t impossible or too late. It really does seem like a huge challenge but I am actually going to look into it and see if there is anyway that we would be able to make it work.

There is no time to wait around anymore… The future is now!



* Featured Photo by Antoine Dautry on Unsplash

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  • Reply Rachel Simons October 10, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I think back then so much was overlooked (I’m 41 too), My brother was overlooked,Naughty kid they said. No, he had problems, dyslexia and ADHD which wasn’t a thing back then. He didn’t take GCSE’s they basically kicked him out of school as quickly as they could but it didn’t stop him.
    It’s never too late x

  • Reply Anne October 6, 2018 at 9:13 am

    You are certainly never too late to learn and if there is something you have your heart on you should certainly go for it. I did look into midwifery once but the long and unsociable hours put me off, or rather the person introducing the course put me off. I went to a rubbish school and was one of the few pupils who actually took the exams. The school went awfully quiet after May when most left before taking exams! I didn’t go into further education until quite a few years later, but I felt I was ready for it then. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. x

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