#FEBBL Day 7: Item You Missed Out On
Item You Missed Out On. Can be non-physical, e.g. a bargain holiday deal you just missed. Can include an item/service you did get as long as you missed out on a bargain.
Hmm. The only thing I can think of is… a career?
I crashed and burned in my last semester of my last year at uni. I had a course, Literary Editing, and it just did not fit in my brain. I didn’t understand what they wanted me to do, how I was to go about doing it or what I was even supposed to produce at the end of it. I had also had three years of commuting to university and working a job afterwards as well. I didn’t socialise with other students and had very few friends there as I lived 7 miles away. I was knackered and I totally lost interest. I had coasted through all the rest of it on course for a decent 2:1 but I just completely dropped out of that last course. Never went to it after the second session. Got no score for it at all. They very kindly let me stay on another year and try to make enough credits up for a generic BA without honours in Cultural Studies and I moved to Sheffield for that last year thinking it would help me with my studies. It didn’t. Despite my house being literally yards from my university the only courses I could take (as I wasn’t allowed to repeat any) were Film & Media stuff that I didn’t really have an interest in. Plus I was living away from home for the first time. I was away from all my friends at home and didn’t have any friends at university because by then they’d all graduated. All in all it was a non-starter.
And so I didn’t get the BA (hons) in Language, Literature and Linguistics with Creative Writing like I was supposed to. I got enough credits scraped together to get a DipHE. I started working full-time in the shop I’d worked in while at university. I got promoted but then after about a year got demoted due to me being not sufficiently managerial. Which lead to me basically stagnating for nearly nine years doing a job I have lost almost all interest in. I don’t have the qualifications to apply for jobs that I would like to do, I can’t really afford to get new qualifications and I certainly don’t want to start being a retail manager again because frankly I still don’t enjoy managing people.
So yeah. Through no-one’s fault but my own I have effectively missed out on a rewarding job for the last decade. Not at all sure what to do about it. Answers on a postcard.