60s: It’s a phase

60s: It’s a phase

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What kind of career advice did you get as young women?

Almost none! I have no memory of it ever happening. Read more

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30s: I’m much more creative and much less ladylike

30s: I’m much more creative and much less ladylike

Work:

What kind of careers advice did you get as a young woman?

I don’t remember a huge amount of it. At school we had the Kudos computer system which was a survey that was supposed to tell you what jobs we were most suited to. I don’t really remember what it told me I should do, but the range of it was ridiculous and not helpful at all. It was something like “jockey” and “dentist” in the same list. There were careers advisers available at school but I think they were voluntary and I don’t recall ever going to one. They organised work experience for us (I worked in a supermarket for three weeks), and we were supposed to get a practice interview but I never handed my CV in to the teacher due to an oversight and I never got one!
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50s: Physically 57, mentally 35

50s: Physically 57, mentally 35

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What kind of career’s advice did you get as a young woman?

“ You’re going to work in Tesco’s until you get married, aren’t you?” (Dad)

“ There’s no call for interior designers” (Careers teacher in 1979 – I have dodgy dress sense and a double barrelled name; I could have been Laurence Llewellen Bowen!)

“ You like dance and English – you could be an English teacher with dance as your second subject.” (English teacher)

“ Have you thought of joining the Army?” (Careers teacher)

“ You should learn to type so you can work in an office” (everyone!)

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30s: ‘Trying to make myself understand that I am human’

30s: ‘Trying to make myself understand that I am human’

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What kind of careers advice did you get as a young woman?

There wasn’t a lot around, the careers advisor at school wasn’t very engaging, and there was a new computer software package that asked lots of questions and then told you what your most suitable career would be based on the answers you gave – mine was dog groomer or aerial fitter, which I found hilarious! Read more