30s: I don’t have a daughter but if I had one I’d hope for a safer world for her.

30s: I don’t have a daughter but if I had one I’d hope for a safer world for her.

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

I’d say I received three bits of career advice when I was young. Firstly we had a computer programme at school where you answered a series of questions and it suggested a career (I think it was called Kudos?!). Mine came out as Florist! At the time I was not impressed at all as I’d already decided what I wanted to do and I didn’t see it as an ambitious career. Now I actually think I would quite enjoy it! It’s creative, active (compared to my current office job) I love flowers and I like the idea of helping people to make someone’s day! The other advice I was given by my parents who were both teachers was “don’t become a teacher” but also follow you dreams, you can be anything you want to be if you have talent and work hard.

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30s: a hundred years or so ago I’d have been institutionalized for life.

30s: a hundred years or so ago I’d have been institutionalized for life.

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

It was very generic.  We did a survey which told us what to be and I think mine was some kind of data clerk.  In reality, that would bore me as I am much more people focused.

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30s: I am pretty happy right now and wouldn’t want to go back to my younger self.

30s: I am pretty happy right now and wouldn’t want to go back to my younger self.

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

No real advice in that sense. My mother and aunts and grandmother just always made it very clear how important they thought it was to get a good education and work even after having children to stay independent and to keep all doors open even if the relationship ended up not working out as wished or planned.

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30s: ‘the practice of putting on the war paint outlasts the battle’

30s: ‘the practice of putting on the war paint outlasts the battle’

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

Very little; we did that multiple-choice test at school that lots of people did that matches you up with a career – I got actuary (I didn’t know what one was at the time) or journalist; I think I’d have been singularly dreadful at both. Read more

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

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

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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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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