Right now, I’m at one of ‘those’ times in life when I’m forced to think about the future. For almost ten years I’ve been raising babies, toddlers and preschoolers and then watching them head off to school. A few days ago, my last baby donned her uniform and gave me two thumbs up as she lined up in front of the junior kids classroom. No tears, no concerns and a whole lotta happy!
I am an optimist by nature. I live my life in a general knowing that there are always better things ahead. Now that’s not to say I haven’t felt a little sad about the passing of a huge chunk of my life. Because trust me, there have been a few tears and a lot of contemplation. But I’ve also secretly been a little bit excited about what lays ahead for me.
As you’d know, if you follow along here regularly, last years I headed back to study. I figured a new stage in life deservers a new and exciting focus. So I went and got myself a sparkly new Diploma of Project Management. (Might as well put my obsessive organisation skills to good use!) And this year I’m planning to follow it up with an Advanced Diploma of Management and Marketing, while also hopefully working part-time at a fabulously awesome job I’ve just been offered. (Shhhh – it’s not all finalised yet – so I don’t want to jinx myself by talking about it.) It’s exciting. Such a rush to be thinking about myself and my career again and to realise you don’t have to be assigned to the work-yard scrap heap just because you’ve been out of the workforce and home with your kids for ten years.
What about you? Do you have dreams and ideas for the future? Goals that make you suck in your breath and think ‘if only’. Tell me about them in the comments if you do. Sharing your ideas is often the first real step in making them happen.
One amazing way to turn dreams into reality is to follow my lead and head back to study. Open Universities Australia has a flexible range of online courses from a whole host of Australian universities that cover pretty much the full scope. Maybe you’d like to bring your own blog into a new era by studying Creative and Professional Writing or Short Story Writing through an Undergraduate Art and Humanities program. Then again maybe you’d prefer to turn all of your experience and time on social media into a dream career through an Internet Marketing course. Or maybe your dreams involve something completely different?
“There’s always time to grow into the person you want to be, because at Open Universities Australia, we believe your best days are ahead of you.”
If going back to study seems a little daunting Open Universities Australia also has some pretty snazzy looking support services aimed at helping you reach your dream goals. Things like preparatory units to help you understand academic requirements, student support and counselling, FEE HELP and a dedicated success hub for students .
So do you think your best days are ahead of you? Given the chance what would be your ultimate dream job and what’s stopping you going out and getting it? Tell me – I really want to know!