Seriously, your dream job, I’m shocked!

I will explain that title, honest I will!

This week, due to my currently unemployed status, I’ve been on a course in Leeds. Its been interesting, something new, and should have culminated in a job interview today, but due to someone going sick, that will now be next week. So, before they let class out early, on top of doing interview skills, we did a brief self improvement thing, and one of the questions we were asked, was, “What Is Your Dream Job?”

Well, believe me, its not call centres, though I suspect thats where I will end up working again, but anyway…it got to my turn, and everyone looked at me. Well, given that I assumed being an actress in the 1930’s wasnt really a current job option, I said, “Scientist, or Engineer.”. Believe me when I say it, that the look I got from everyone was of shock, and amazement. Fine, it might not be as glamorous as ‘footballer’, or ‘pilot’, but it really appeals to me now.

Funny thing was, it wasnt just the choice that was stunning people I gathered, it was that a woman wanted to be a scientist! I know, not so long ago, it was seen purely as a “man’s thing”, even despite people like Marie Curie, and others, but anyway…So fine, as is my way, I ended up doing a short piece, saying that nowadays (unlike 40 years ago, when it might have happened), a woman being a scientist, or an engineer shouldnt be shocking, but anyway…Yes, I suspect they had the wrong image of things, but thankfully I had Will’s words, and images in my head, and put forward a fine case. At the end, I was even getting the odd nod of approval for wanting to do so!

Yes, maybe if I was 17, and pretty, then I might have come up with something like being a model, but now…Yes, I’m proud to be different, its more fun that way. Just a shame I havent got the qualifications, or was 40 years younger, but anyway…yes, I’ll end up in a call centre, I guess!

The video. Found this through a search on You Tube,

Maybe I can upgrade myself?

So yes, an update on a recent posting.

That open day, to look at the possibility of becoming a student, studying electrical engineering, yes, I’m going. All booked up for next Saturday, including a hotel for Friday night, on the campus at Loughborough University, so I can make a full day of it. Yes, I really am that serious about it. Who would have thought it, me becoming a student at 57! I know, I never do anything in the normal way, so I guess its typically me?

But looking forward to the day there, and where it might lead, absolutely!

You’re right, the comment about it leading to me upgrading myself is a light hearted comment, though it would be nice. Yes, create a nice 20 something Jean Harlow robot body, download my mind into it, and see where things go from there. Oh, I wish! Maybe 20 or 30 years from now, it might be possible, but I’ll be very old, or more likely dead by then!

But it has to be said, the challenge of doing something like this, making something of myself, and all that appeals no end, even more so given I might just raise the average age of students at Loughborough University somewhat! But the more I’ve thought about this, and the more I’ve found the challenge of finding a job at my age, with my qualifications, then yes, if I think I can make it work, I will probably go for it!

The beauty of it, is that beyond the cost of getting there, plus the hotel stay, if I decide it is too crazy, I’ve lost nothing. After all, who expects anyone to become a student at 57? Well, one lovely gentleman at the University, that I know as Will does, but beside him…?

The amazing thing I have realised, is that a lot of what I saw as science fiction 15 years ago, either is, or is becoming reality! Alright, as yet, I dont think we’re close to turning humans into robots, but a lot of the other stuff I have suggested…getting there, or even got there!

Who knows, before I get to retire (on current status, in about 10 years from now), maybe I will have begun to create the robotisation process, or a means to download the human mind, into a robot/computer, but probably not. But a girl can dream, and maybe envision it.

Regardless, next week may mark the first step towards me making that happen. Now wouldnt that be great?

The video. Well I did mention upgrading, and when I think of that, I think of Cybermen, and Dr Who! So, I offer a Dr Who tribute, set to the 12″ version (far superior imo) of the Timelords song.

Never too old to study?

Its fair to say, that at 57, I had assumed my days as a student were well and truly over. Given the last examination I took, was in 1976 ( An A grade in Accounts O Level), a reasonable conclusion, you might say. Yes, I am that old, and it has been that long!

Thats right, GCE (as they were back then) O Levels is as high a standard of education as I own, as I had to go out to work as soon as I’d finished my O Levels at school, in 1974 (the last one was at a local college, night course), as my mother was a single parent, so it was fait accompli.

Its why it took me 29 years to do what most do in their gap year after school to travel, and see a bit of the world (several months in the US), because it was only at that point (after her death) that I was able to take some time out, and do it! Apart from a Christmas seasonal job, I’d had to stop work for a while, so it seemed the obvious time to do it.

But study again, at my age (even then I was 45), seriously, no! Until now!

Its fair to say that while I was working, any thoughts of studying were put on the back burner, as I was earning money, had a settled life, and all that, until recently, when I was made redundant. A friend posted about an open evening, at a seminary, in the US, and studying there. I joked I was too old, but he disagreed. And yes, it struck me what a wonderful move that would be, both personally, and religiously. But the complexities of needing degrees, and the acceptance of me being allowed to study in the US made that all a bit of a step too far.

As people also know, I have a bit of an interest in science matters, especially anything involving electrics, though most of what I’ve written about until now has been purely fiction, though I suspect that in the next 20 years or so, some of it will become science fact! But when a Twitter contact mentioned an open day, at his university, for courses on Electrical Engineering, I again said I’d love to do that, if I was younger. Again I get told that you’re never too old for these things!

So now I’m considering going to an open day, in a fortnights time, and signing up for a foundation course in Electrical Engineering. Who knows, even at my age, maybe I can really make something of myself? Wouldnt that be something?

Well, it would certainly be something different, which is what I wanted, for sure! And no problems with working, and living in the UK either! Fine, I’ll check the trains! 😉

The video, a live version of a very obvious song! (To say, video includes strobe lighting)