Why I Changed My Mind
Sinead O’Neill, Commerce, UCC
Sinead O’Neill: I felt that I wasn’t suited to teaching
I felt that I wasn’t suited to primary teaching. I also felt that I didn’t choose the right college to go to. In other words, the course and college were not suited to me. So I used the change of mind option and started a new course, on half fees, in September.
When I was making the decision I wasn’t very sure about it but my parents were very supportive and made an appointment with a guidance counsellor. He did an aptitude test to decide whether or not teaching was suitable for me. I was more suited to a business or maths course. That’s when I decided to choose commerce in UCC as my first choice on my CAO.
On my first day of college I was nervous as I didn’t really know anybody on my course. However, I felt that I just needed to put myself out there and try and make as many friends as I could, which I did.
It has gone really well so far. I am sure I made the right decision in changing. The campus is so nice and everything is so close to everything. I have made many new friends along with the friends that I knew already from home. There is also a wide range of clubs and societies I can join.
Right now I am unsure of what I want to do after I leave college but because of the range of subjects I do as part of the course, there are lots of career paths I can choose, from accountancy to law.
Changing my mind from primary teaching was the right decision for me. I am much happier. I feel it is really important that you are happy in yourself in your college course because you are going to be stuck there for three or four years.
When I first decided to leave primary teaching, people said I was crazy to be leaving a course that I worked so hard to get into but it really all does come down to the fact that you have to be happy with what you are doing.
I would advise students who are unhappy in their current course and sure they don’t want to continue, to leave. I would also tell students to visit a career guidance counsellor to help put you in the right career direction.
When I did my aptitude test, the career guidance counsellor told me that if I had visited him before I applied for primary teaching, he would have pointed me away from it and pushed me more towards a course in business or maths.