I remember falling in love with India straight away from waking up to the amazing views of the Himalaya mountains, to the colourful clothing, array of spices, phenomenal architecture, Bollywood movies that left me crying from laughter and so much more.
I was about 14 when I was nominated for an award celebrating black achievers during black history month. It was a large event where young people and parents were invited from multiple schools. The R Kelly song ‘I believe I can fly’ was playing in the background and as I sat with my parents I remember feeling extremely excited and proud
I often joke when speaking at 6th form assemblies that being from a Nigerian background, I was left with only four career choices: Doctor, Lawyer, Accountant or Banker.
Maths and I never quite got on at School so Banker and Accountant were quickly ruled out, the thought of blood ruled out being a Doctor and due to my love of writing and English Literature I chose the Law route. I was roughly 13 when I made one of the biggest decisions in my life to become a Lawyer. I had seen dramas on TV involving Lawyers, but I had never met a Lawyer, read a book about what being a Lawyer entailed or had any experience what so ever of the day to day life of a Lawyer and whether I would be any good at it.
And so I drifted through the education system and did Law at A-Level as well as Psychology and Sociology, I loved the latter two but couldn’t quite see what a high flying career in those sectors would look like they were too fluffy to be a serious career for a Nigerian right? and so I stuck to my gun of becoming a Lawyer.
A pivotal point came when I went to study Law at SOAS University, during the summer of my second year, I finally got a taster of my ‘dream’ profession, my first window into what the life of a Lawyer was actually like and if it was a right fit for me, I did a placement at a Solicitors firm and a placement at a Magistrates Court, I realised this dream career wasn’t quite the perfect dream for me and the experience was the first time my career goal was ever challenged, and it was challenged by me, I had never been asked: ‘Abigail, why do you want to become a Lawyer?’ ‘What do you understand a Lawyer does?’ ‘What skills do you think are needed to thrive as a Lawyer?’
It made me think of all the people like me who have drifted into careers and the difference it would have made if we had actual experience earlier, people who would provide encouragement and challenge by coaching or giving careers guidance to help us understand who we are, what we love, what we are good at and give insight into different career sectors
As a result I created this blog community to provide tips and advice on ‘ONE THING I WOULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF‘ from guest bloggers of different ages and stages covering a range of issues from:
- Applying to University/College
- Alternatives to University
- Exam revision
- Job hunting
- CV writing
- Work experience
- Taking a gap year
And much more!
Look forward to journeying with you