It has come to a stage in my life where I am compelled to look at my future and where my life is heading.
The most pressing issue is what to pursue for future education. I can either achieve 5 A*-B grades and return to landau to study ICT, Mathematics and English Language and Literature at A2 (full A-level) and Business at AS (half A-level); go to Derby College (Joseph Wright + Mackworth) to study the same A2 subjects + Photography AS; or take a completely different route.
Subject wise it is a no-brainer – I have a passion for photography and my business teacher is unbelievably unstimulating and inexperienced, and sod’s law suggests that I will have her again if I return for A-Level. However, Landau’s average pass-rate for A-Levels is something like 95%, around 20% higher than Derby College if my sources are correct.
Then there is the desicion of what to do post-college. Further education (uni), gap year, employment? I want to go to university, but don’t know if I can justify the cost and if a degree would be relevant to any career path I might take.
So I guess my desicion rests on what I choose to do post-education.
- Be a photographer? Unreliable and often poor pay.
- Be a web designer? It’s a new, volatile, and still-developing market.
- Be a programmer? Ahh, but a programmer of what? Which language? What focus?
- Factory or shop work? Where would it lead? What would I use as a geekery outlet?
- Be an entrepreneur? It’s a risky business saturated with dedicated hopefuls.
- Be a musician? Have I got the guts and the dedication and can I put up with the travel and poor initial pay?
Each option has its pros and cons. I am not interested in any sort of grade in music. You don’t really get degrees in programming, apparently it’s wiser to take a degree in computer science – much of which doesn’t interest me. I am constantly learning photography techniques from the internet, books and magazines, but technique can obviously only get you so far and certification in photography isn’t that respected anyway. Factory and shop work is mindless, as I have learned from experience – although certification in business studies could lead to potentially interesting promotions. Web design is a hobby.
I could always be an entrepreneur, but it’s not the safest career for someone whose experience with business is small to none. Picking a good field to venture in (or invent) is tricky too. I had the idea of selling clone pictures to teenagers a while ago, but that didn’t come to anything. I don’t know, perhaps I should set up a chain of support groups for suicidal lemmings or something.
This lack of sleep is getting to me. I have overdue English, Geography and Business. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.