When our lovely brand ambassador Charli approached us and asked if she could write a blog post for us on the importance following your dreams, of course we said yes! Here she tells us why we should ignore pressure when it comes to deciding about our future:
"I am really lucky; I have always valued my education very highly and I have grown up at a time and in a country where I always knew that if I wanted to go to university, as long as I worked hard enough, I could. I was told almost on a weekly basis that the world is my oyster and that I could do anything I put my mind to. Likewise, friends of mine that chose to pursue other vocations have had access to the tools they need to succeed in their respective fields.
Between us we cover a whole range of disciplines: medicine, chemistry, modern languages, ancient languages, beauty, art, maths, teaching- you name it, one of us is probably studying it. We all have goals, and we’re all on our way to achieving them. And in order to do that, we work extremely hard and overcome challenges on a weekly basis. It is for this reason that it disappoints me so much when I hear people rank degrees or qualifications based on what is more difficult, or more important, or more useful. Or when, influenced by parents, peers or even the press, friends forgo studying what they love in favour of studying something that might help them obtain a better paid or more beneficial career.
As an arts student (I study Spanish) I can barely go three days without the relevance, importance or difficulty of my subject being questioned. In reality, I am completely aware that studying Spanish will never result in me discovering the cure for a disease or saving the world and I’m perfectly fine with that; I’m doing what I love and I know that as long as I can do that I will be able to make a far more valuable contribution to society than if I were to study something more obviously beneficial but that I was not remotely passionate about.
One of the reasons that those who study science or medicine or law are able to make the amazing contributions to our world that they do is because they love their subject and are able to devote themselves to their field. This is why it is so important to do what you love, and not what you are told will be useful later on; your value and worth as a person is not measured by the title you receive on a certificate but by the commitment and enthusiasm you are able to devote to your subject.
Last month, my fellow ISWAI Brand Ambassador Ellen wrote a blog post encouraging girls to get coding
and said “surely in this day and age female ambition needs to be encouraged rather than frowned upon? All I hope for is that young women fulfil their potential in the workplace” and I couldn’t agree more; the most important contribution that we can make to society is our dedication to our craft, be that a book, a scientific discovery or an innovative business. Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Ada Lovelace and Jane Austen were all hugely influential in their own way, and show that no one’s ambitions are more worthy of encouragement than another’s. The ISWAI motto is “it's time to start living the life you have always imagined”
and after all, as the saying goes, if you do what you love then you’ll never have to work a day in your life."
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