Follow your dream to a future career

Callum Wood

Callum Wood

Did you have that dream again last night? Maybe it’s time to think about how to achieve it.

Many students at the Duchess’s have exciting prospects for their future; many have high hopes for theircareers. We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve in life. But where do we start?

Callum Wood, from Year 11, wants to be a Taekwondo instructor. He’s been doing it for four years now and is closing in on a black belt. His biggest inspiration is his instructor William McElhone andhe thinks he’d enjoy it also as it’s something he loves.

Callum’s advice for any other aspiring athlete is “Just go for it. No matter how impossible it seems when I was younger, I always dreamed of being a black belt. Now it seems like that dream is about to come true. It was sure determination and grit that got me to the position I’m in today.”

Shenice Conning, also a Year 11 student, is planning to attend college next year to follow her dream of working in the fashion industry.

Her ideal job would be retail, promoting or photography within the fashion industry.

Her inspiration comes from watching YouTube fashion and cosmetic tutorial videos as she can then attempt techniques herself. However her main concern is her grades, as she stresses too much at times. Her advice to others is ‘Never give up! No matter how long it takes.’ This is exactly what she plans to do.

Another fashion hopeful is Olivia Bibby from Year 9, who wants to be a model as she has a strong passion for fashion and likes having her photo taken. Her biggest inspiration is Cara Delevingne.

Olivia plans to go to college in the future in order to pursue her dream in fashion and is very determined to achieve there. She said: “Always keep going, no matter what anybody says.” Strong words from the girl with the strong cheekbones.

Lastly, my dream.My name’s Nicole Conning and I’ve always dreamed of becoming a writer, whether it’s becoming an author or a journalist.

I’m a Year 9 student and have always wanted to get involved in writing and even publishing my own work, so by writing this, my very first article, I’m already a step closer. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved reading, especially Jaqueline Wilson books. She’s always been a massive inspiration and has made me want to succeed in becoming a writer. After finishing school, I plan to go to college and study English Literature and media studies, to help me with my journalism dream.

My advice to anyone wanting to become a writer of any form is get yourself out there and try get involved in your local newspaper, school newspaper or even start your own creative blog that gives you the freedom to write about whatever you want.Be confident in your writing and don’t give up or let any criticism get you down, as it’s all constructive.

All students at the Duchess have their dream job and only some are confident enough to attempt to achieve them. We all want to be somebody. Can we? Isn’t the real question, will we try hard enough?’ Good luck.

By Sophie Somers and Nicole Conning




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