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Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:10 pm

What career do you all aspire to? How do you plan to get there? How do you expect your dyspraxia to shape your choices?

At the moment I am considering postgraduate study (Dr Biggs has such a nice ring to it!), teaching English abroad, becoming a nun, and returning to the Middle East to raise awareness of autistic spectrum disorders/specific learning difficulties in schools. An eclectic mixture! But no matter what I do, I hope always to write.

Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:01 pm

I see myself being a counsellor of some kind.......... or youth work........ either way I hope to get the book pubilshed that Lucy H (the girl i did drama with at the confernce) and i are writing, i want to keep raising awareness about self injury and neurodiversity, but above all I want to BE HAPPY, and UNTROUBLED by what life throws at me. (sorry struggling to type as my hands have swelled up!)


Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:40 am

i want to become and educational phsiclogest and provide very cheep and if i can fidn funding free assesments adn suport.

Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:30 pm

i use to want to be a teacher but now i want to be a teacher assisstant for kids with special needs. i want to help others, i have went through alot in my life so i know how it is for them. i can understand them.

Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:28 pm

I want to do something with animals ie, work with them in zoos or something like that while writing fiction on the side. Maybe if my books become popular enough I will be able to be a full time writer. This is how J.K. Rowling and Nicholas Sparks approached becoming authors. 8) They both had jobs before they became full time writers. Nicholas did not know he really wanted to write until he was in his 20s (although he started writing summer after his first year at Notre Dame Univ.). He had a buisiness selling medical supplies with his brother, Micah, but felt the urge to write so he started writing. His first book was coauthored by an Olympic runner and had some success, but only because of the famous Olympian. However, his second book, and first official solo book, The Notebook, has sold over 1 million copies to date (may even be over 1 billion-have to check) and is in many different languages. He published it in 1997 and it was recently made into a movie (last year) starring Remember the Titans' Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams from Mean Girls, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands. All of his books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list and some have been on more than once. 8) All three of the movies made from the books have been blockbuster hits. The other two movies are: Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner and Robyn Wright-Penn and A Walk to Remember starring Shane West and Mandy Moore. :D J.K. Rowling was an English teacher of adults before becoming an author in the 90s. She, unlike Nick, has been writing stories since she was 6 years old. :D They are my inspirations as an author. :D

Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:29 pm

Sorry about going off on a tangent. :lol: I tend to do that sometimes, if you haven't noticed. :)

Wed Oct 12, 2005 5:58 pm

I don't know what I want to do. I want to do something that helps people. Perhaps I could work for a charity. I would like to do that, but you have to be organised for it.

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:08 pm

I think it depends where you work. I've been looking at the websites of small charities based in Third World countries, and what matters most to them is your ability to be creative. You have to improvise a lot in those situations. But I imagine that if you were doing something like shipping aid to a disaster zone, you would have to have a qualification in logistics.

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:17 pm

Apparently there is a charity careers fair every year called forum3. It's too late for me to go this year, but I could go next year and see what's required.

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:22 pm

I'm not entirely sure what I would like to do. I'm working in Admin at the moment and although I don't dislike the work, it can be very mundane sometimes and I'm not sure if it is right for me. Also, when I look in the job vacancy magazine and I see administrative assistants advertised with the description 'must have excellent communication and organisation skills' I get scared.

I'm very interested in Special Needs, but I'm not sure what options I could take.

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:25 pm

A diploma in specific learning difficulties at the Hornsby Centre?

Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:57 pm

I've comfortably avoided a career so far, but at school there was a careers computer that told me that I should work for the diplomatic service. It's still a line of work that appeals to me, and once I've got some serious travelling out of my system I think I might give it ago. I'm also interested in travel and writing; every man and his dog is a budding travel writer these days, but who knows I might find my niche. Otherwise maybe working in some specialised area of the travel industry. I have a passion for the abroad, and I suspect it will not be quenched easily.

Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:38 pm

I've got loads of backup plans because I like to play it safe but I'll just say the top 2. My idial plan would be to work with computers because I like them better then most pepole peferebly something like web desighn. If not I would like to be a teacher in a special needs school. I've known a kid with angelmuns (did I spell that right, it's that rare disorder where his mind is always like a baby's) since he was a few months old and he's left me with a softspot for kids like that, and Kids with less severe problems + the whole idia of teaching apeals to me somehow.

Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:28 pm

Id like to become a blue badge guide ( a profesionally qualified one) or set up my own business doing historical tours of places- Stonehaven would proove an excellent location- no competition and plenty of fasinating facts/ stories to be told!!! If not, maybe a masters in history- perhaps go postgrad! Whatever i do, I want to be happy! :D

web developer

Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:55 pm

Web designer, developer!!
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