Wednesday 5 October 2016

#Blogtober16 Day 5 What Career Did You Have Planned As A Child?

Me as a student nurse about 1979. I had just washed my hair and we were about to go out when my husband decided to take a photo to send to my parents, hence hair down and not tied back!

#Blogtober16 Day 5 What Career Did You Have Planned As A Child?

I never really had an idea when I was little. I didn't even think about it, we were too busy being children and having fun. 

I do remember once thinking that I wanted to be rich. Then when I had to choose my subjects for O levels (GCSE's now) I remember wanting to be a nurse so I chose all science subjects. I even went to an open day at the brand new Lister Hospital in Stevenage when I was sixteen as I knew I'd be a nurse. 

It took another seven years before I started my training. It wasn't a well paid job then. I had been a civil servant and I lost a quarter of my wages when I changed jobs. With the pay freezes we had for practically every year I was a nurse my wages were always behind the average, but nursing wasn't about money. No, it was about hard work and exploiting our sense of duty. I am still owed hundreds of hours overtime, as are many nurses,  but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Nowadays it is a ticket to travel, Australia, America, the world is open to British nurses. Also I have met some wonderful people from all around the world  A fabulous career to have.

Did you choose your career or fall into it?



  1. What an awesome & rewarding job, despite the pay. Wonderful post #Blogtober16

  2. That is so great that you got to do your dream career!

  3. Being a nurse must be such a hard job, I don't think I could do it. When I was in hospital I have to say the nurses on my ward were absolutely lovely. I love your photo, you haven't changed much.

  4. My sister in law is a nurse, she works so hard but you can tell she loves it. #Blogtober16


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