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    I've never been one of those people who has always had their set-out career plan, I've always known what was not up my street (basically the corporate world).

    I volunteered with children loads when I was younger, and it's always been something I've considered. I intend to become a teacher one day, but I want to experience a bit more of life first!

    Because I'm quiteeee fussy about what jobs I do (no sales, recruitment, accounting etc) and recovering from a 5-year depressive stint, I'm really just doing admin at the moment to tide me over and enable me to travel. It doesn't make me miserable, but it doesn't fill me with excitement either.

    I recently reconsidered applying to become a redcoat at butlins. I wanted to do it before uni, but because of the fee's going up I decided to do that first. Now I quite like the idea of going to work in customer service, meeting new people, working with children (and doing all the party dances I normally only bring out at weddings).

    I told my parents and boyfriend I was considering it and they all laughed in my face and said it was stupid because I have a degree. I KNOW this, but I think it would make me happy, and I can always train to be a teacher afterwards.

    Is this ridiculous? I feel like my parents expect me to go off into graduate scheme, but I only went to uni because I wanted to study a subject I loved.

    Basically I want to be a redcoat for a year, because I'm not ready to train to be a teacher yet, and I don't want a 'graduate scheme' kind of job. My support network think it's ridiculous because I have a good degree. Are they right? Am I just being ridiculous?

    Do what makes you feel happy. Would you be happy doing your degree this year? If you aren't happy, surely that would lead to a lack of interest and poses more of a chance of you not progressing or succeeding? I don't mean to declare the "you will fail message", but most people do not perform well in subjects they are not happy doing or interested in, especially when their heart and mind are weeping for something else. If you wait, there are a few options: 1) You may have found your true calling, 2) It may push you to do your degree even more because you did not enjoy it or there was a bad experience along the way, so in theory it could act as a motivator for you to do well and achieve your teaching qualification, or 3) You decide you want to do something else that is totally different to anything you have ever done or considered!

    There are many people with degrees sauntering in various occupations, some of which do not fit their degree at all, others may be in jobs which don't even require GCSE's. You are not ridiculous - my secret dream is to flee away to the coast and work at an ice cream parlour for the summer. Be brave

    I don't think it's ridiculous at all. You should always pursue what makes you happy - it makes no difference whether you have a degree or not. There are plenty of people with degrees doing jobs that don't require them and they are happy - Harry Hill is a qualified doctor and Rowan Atkinson has an MSc in Electrical Engineering, for example! I think it's a really good idea because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain - if you go for it and don't enjoy it, then it's life experience and you'll never look back thinking 'what if?' but if you go for it and love it then you're on track for a career that you'll enjoy. Don't listen to other people's negativity if this is what you want to do.

    There is, imo, absolutely nothing wrong with taking a gap year post uni whilst trying to figure out what you actually want to do. Being a redcoat you'd get a slightly different experience of working with children, which can always be fun.

    Basically, if this is something you want to go and do for a year, go and do it. As you've said, you can always apply to be a teacher after - and if you've not already applied, you wouldn't be able to go train to be a teacher in September anyway. So you can go and spend a year at Butlins and do your teaching applications at the same time. This might help keep your support network happy, and if you decide you're still not ready at the end of the year, or if you find something else you'd prefer to do during the year you don't have to take any place you may have been offered.

    Just as an FYI - I graduated in 2011 (albeit with a bad degree), spent a year working at a Catholic youth retreat centre (so working with children from 8-18), and have had a few temporary and part time jobs since then. I've recently started a job with a fantastic company doing something I think I'm going to quite enjoy that I would never even have thought about if it hadn't been for the things I've been doing for the last few years.

    Getting more life experience is never a bad thing, and if teaching is still what you want to go into, then having done other things first and waiting until you actually want to and are ready to teach will make you a better teacher!
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