08 January 2011

The Journey to Work

Have you ever thought about your long-term journey to work?  If you have to travel a long distance to and from a job each day, have you also had a long way to go in life to achieve what you have so far accomplished?


I worked hard at school in Britain in the late 1970s.  I tried to make the best of my studies, even though I found many of the subjects boring, either in the way they were taught, or because many of my classmates found the subjects boring and I wanted to "fit in".


I went to college after I left school so that I could learn some useful "job skills", such as a faster typewriting speed, Pitman's shorthand, office administration and management theory.  I had no idea what I wanted for or from a "career" and there seemed to be no point in planning for one when jobs were very scarce anyway.


When we are young, our future is something we may look towards with a feeling of uncertainty.  I know I certainly felt uncertain about what life may have had in store for me.

Take a look at this link from the BBC of unemployment in Britain from 1981 to today.

I was learning shorthand at college in 1981 - and I hated it!  At school, at least in my mid teens, I had reasonably neat handwriting.  After learning shorthand, I could neither read my own longhand handwriting nor read my shorthand very well.  Secretarial work was not what I really wanted to do but it was the best I could expect, and at least I gained employment with my skills as soon as I applied for work.


Without a career plan, I chose to travel whenever I could save up enough money to do so - though always on a very tight budget.  Perhaps that is why I can still live well on a small amount of money today, and can spend the time working on developing my "real" career - as a writer.  

So, all those noisy and boring typing lessons - on manual typewriters - came in useful in the long term.  I can easily write a blog post today in less than five minutes.

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