WordPress topic – Go back in time to an event you think could have played out differently for you. Let alternate history have its moment: tell us what could, would or should have happened?
Earlier this year I worked at a University in a role similar to a research assistant. The job wasn’t all that challenging however my eyes were opened to how my life could have been if I had gone to University following my school days. I had regular contact with the academic staff and enjoyed talking to them about their work and experiences. I realised that I could only engage in the conversation to a limited degree.
For the first time in my life I started to think about how my life could have turned out if I had a university education. I have had some good jobs and I have been able to diversify quite a bit. My resume has many different positions and outlines the skills I gained. I am what you might call a “generalist”. I started to think, “Wouldn’t it be great to have an in-depth knowledge about a particular subject or industry – to be able to speak with authority and people would take notice of what I said?”
You see, I don’t really think the people I met at the Uni were necessarily more intelligent than me; they just had different opportunities than I had. I don’t doubt that some of them WERE brighter than me, but that is not my point. It isn’t about ego – it was more about achieving my potential. It didn’t take me long to get over it. After all, I can study now if I want to. In fact I am half way through a course at the same Uni. I deferred my study because some work opportunities arose. I may go back to it in 2013 🙂 or I may choose not to. Isn’t choice great?