Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 3: Learning a new Language

Learning a new Language is something that we all try and do at some point in our lives and is something we should all try and do more of in our day to day life. Learning a new language brings with it lots of different positives in our life which we will be looking at in today’s blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series!

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Today’s blog is the third blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about Learning a new Language! Learning new languages is something that I love to try and do and is something that we could all do more of in our lives! As a lot of people have more time on their hands due to the Lockdown that we are facing, why don’t we use the time to try and start to learn a new language?

There are around 6,500 spoken languages around the world. There are so many languages to choose from so the question that I have is what’s stopping you? Is there a language that you have always wanted to learn but have never had the time too? Then now is your chance! Make the most of the extra time that we have and try and learn that language, you never know it could change your life!

One of my favourite things about learning languages is that you can spend as little or as much time doing it as you choose. You can spend hours a day looking at different words, verbs and tenses or you could just spend the odd five minutes here and there learning some new phrases, it is completely up to you!

Learning a new language gives you the chance to communicate with people around the world. If you know French, for instance, then you can communicate with people from France, Belgium, Cameroon and even Canada! It opens the door to a potential global network of people that you can speak and interact with!

Learning more languages can also help you out greatly in advancing your career. Companies are now actively seeking out multilingual people and are adding things like, must speak to or more languages, to job descriptions. Learning a new language can not only open your door to a much larger network of people but can also provide a lot of different jobs all around the world!

In regards to what language you should learn, it is completely up to you! Quite a lot of people that I know look at the most employable languages or the most spoken languages around the world and then try and learn them but the choice is all yours!I find that when I have been to a country and seen people speak their native language, it makes me want to learn it!

Growing up I had the chance to speak English, Welsh, French and German. While I ultimately did not choose German as a GCSE option I still had the chance to learn the basics and really enjoyed it! By the end of my time in school, I could speak a lot of Welsh and carried on with learning French. By the end of College I had a great understanding of the French language and it led to me making some great friends in France!

As I mentioned previously the speed that you learn a language is completely up to you. You could try and learn it all as fast as you can or you could take it nice and slow. Even spending the odd five minutes here and there learning a few rods does make a little bit of a different when learning a new language.

There is tonnes of help out there if you are stuck learning a language too. Websites like Duolingo, https://www.duolingo.com/, and Language Helpers, https://www.languagehelpers.com/, are made to help you learn new languages and are there to support you along the way! If you make the most of them then they will be sure to help you out!

Learning a new language can also help us to start to understand the culture behind different countries and the traditions and beliefs that different countries have. It can be a great way to broaden your horizons of the world and to really see how different people live and what they do in their day to day lives!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Is there a language that you have always wanted to learn? Are you going to try and learn it now? What are you doing in Lockdown? Is there any specific content that you would like to see me do for the page? Let me know in the comments below or through out Facebook page and I will see if I can make it happen!

Thanks for reading and i hope you have a great day!

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Ways to be a better creative writer — ficklesorts

How to be a better writer? It’s a question I get asked often, though I do not want to convey that I am a seasoned writer holding serious expertise in the field. I have done a reasonable amount of professional content writing for over four years now, but one can never be sure of being […]

Ways to be a better creative writer — ficklesorts

Why we should embrace boredom — Musings of a Milettennial

Our generation has an obsession with doing as much as possible, all the time. It’s like the more busy and stressed out you are, the more you’re “winning” at life. This coronavirus quarantine has got me thinking about the flaws with this way of thinking, why we should change it, and also how we can […]

Why we should embrace boredom — Musings of a Milettennial

Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 2: Catching up with Friends

Catching up with friends is something that we all too often forget to do. As we go through life juggling different workloads we sometimes do forget to check in on our friends and see if they are doing alright. Today’s blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series is going to be about Catching up with Friends and how it can be a great thing for us to do in this lockdown!

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Today’s blog is the second blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about Catching up with Friends. As the lockdown that we are currently facing continues, people are looking for different things to do with their time. The lockdown and of course Corona Virus have caused a complete change in lifestyle for nearly everyone and people are struggling to cope at times, even if they can’t see it themselves.

As quite a lot of people have a lot more time on their hands now compared to what they used to have , I would recommend using some of that time to catch up with some of your friends. Catching up with your friends is something that I always recommend people to do at any time of the year but during this lockdown it is even more important.

The Corona Virus pandemic has caused a lot of people to become very stressed and worried about what the future holds in store. It is a common trait that a lot of people do not want to talk about the struggles they are facing in life and start to bottle things up. Bottling things up is not a smart move to make but it is something that people far too often resort too.

A lot of people feel like they can keep bottling things up forever when in reality it is just not the case. Ultimately they break and then are forced to face everything that they have bottled up by themselves. Checking up on your friends and seeing if they are alright can help lighten the load that they carry and can really help them out in life.

How you communicate with your friends is completely up to you. You can phone them, text them, facetime them, anything. The actual way that you contact them does not really matter it is the action of actually doing it. Doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen that person in a few months or even years, it is never too late to catch up with someone!

One thing that people often tell me when we talking about catching up with people is they say that they worry that they will not know what to say when they actually try and get in touch. A lot of people worry that they will not be able to hold the conversation but unless you try it, you’ll never see. I can’t say that you will always get someone who wants to have a conversation but surely there is no harm in trying?

Personally, I am a person who loves to chat and I talk to different people every day. I love keeping in touch with people, seeing how they are doing, what they are up to and their plans for the future. Granted there have been times where I have messaged an old friend and the response I get is just a simple yeah or fine but the majority of people you speak to will be more than happy to have a chat if they have time!

In regards of what to talk about, I cannot really help you that much there. The one thing that I will say is see where the conversation takes you. Obviously you start with asking each other how you are and stuff but then the conversation will go in the way that one of you decide it to go in. You can talk about jobs, family, life, absolutely anything!

You will find that when you start talking to people you will have so much to actually talk about when you initially thought that you would have nothing. I say to let the conversation flow, ask questions, listen to each other and just be genuine and you can’t really go wrong.

Catching up with people can be a great thing to do in life. You can talk about trips you went on together, mutual friends that you used to know, anything. It can help you relive some really great memories which you may have forgotten about!

If you want a challenge to start you off, I’ll give everyone one.Try and speak to at least two old friends that you haven’t spoken to for a while. See how they are doing and what they are up to in life! You might rekindle a great friendship that could last your whole life, who knows?! What I will say is that you do not know unless you actually try. People always say oh I wish I did that, when now we have more time on our hands, why not try and actually do it?!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Are you going to catch up with some old friends? What are you doing with your extra time now? How are you coping whilst being stuck in lockdown? What other blogs will you like to see on the page? Let me know your answers to these questions and any other questions you may have in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day,

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Sweeney’s Blogs has over 8,000 views!

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As of Saturday last week, Sweeney’s Blogs has now passed over 8,000 total views! It is an absolutely amazing milestone for the page and is a great reflection of all the work that we have been doing recently! I started the page back on the 3rd February 2019 and we have already got so many more views than I originally thought possible!

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who has helped support the page, be that through reading the blogs, writing blogs, commenting on your thoughts on the page and so much more. All the help that I receive on the page is greatly appreciated and ultimately helps make the page better for everyone!

The way that I write blogs has dramatically changed since I started the page and that is all down to experience and learning where I go wrong in the past. Some of my earlier blogs have had a bit of an update recently as I thought I could improve them a little bit and make them more consistent with the rest of the conent!

As I was updating all of my blog series, by giving them all their own pages, I edited a few of the blogs to fix any mistakes that were there or if there was a part that I thought I could write better, I reworded it to make the overall flow nicer!

In terms of what you can expect to see on the page in the next few weeks, I have a lot of content planned. The What do we mean by Success series is still running on the page and will be going for another few weeks. I also started the Ideas for Lockdown series on Saturday and the next blog for that will be coming tomorrow.

I will be starting a few series in the next few weeks/months but at the minute I am not sure which order I am going to release them in. I am looking to start a series about the real life of students where I give a real view of the University experience from someone who has been in the position of a student living away from home. I do have a lot more series ideas that I am thinking of and when I have a definite plan for when they are going to be posted, I will let you all know!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading and I hope you have enjoyed! Thank you all for over 8,000 views too, I really appreciate it! I have done a blog a day for the past 16 days now so we’ll see how long I can keep it going for!

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 4: Your Social Life?

Having a good social life can help you out in so many different ways through life but a question that stems from this is can we measure how successful we are based off of how good our Social Group and as a result our Social Life is? That is what today’s blog in the What do we mean by Success series is going to look at!

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Today is the fourth blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series and is all about Social Lives. As stated in the introduction to the blog, having a good social life brings with it plenty of rewards in life but can we measure our success based off of the social life we live? Is our social life the core factor of what makes us successful or not? That is what we will be looking at in today’s blog.

As we go through life, the way we see ourselves, the world and indeed each other changes and evolves. Sometimes there are new people that enter our lives and sometimes we have people leave our lives. The people we meet and the social lie we develop differs from person to person. Some people prefer to only have a small number of friends but trust those friends with a lot whereas others may prefer to have a lot more friends and not tell them as much.

The Social Life and Group that we become a part of is ultimately our decision. We decide who we talk to and meet and it is up to us to create our own Social Life. The role that we play in that group will also differ but that can be for a number of reasons. You could be a very extroverted person who likes to be the leader of the group, you could be the quieter one than people come to talk too, you could be the problem solver that people come to when they have issues that need solving and much, much more.

The roles we play in the groups we are a part of ultimately does not matter, they are our choice and if we want to change that choice we are completely in our rights too. There is always a debate going around regarding Social Lives and it involves quality and quantity. I have heard a number of people ask if it is better to have a Social Life where you are going out every day of the week and then others say that they go out once a week or once a month.

The question that people often pose is does the number of times I go out a week effect my social group? Is my social group better than someone else’s because we go out more? Does that mean our group is more successful? Less successful? Neither?

The answer to those questions, similar to most of the questions I ask in this series are completely down to your own opinion. There is no right or wrong answer and I am not here to tell you that what you believe is not right. Sometimes going out more is good then other times it is bad. It all depends on who you are as a person, what your group is like, what you are doing and a lot more factors,

Measuring if we our successful or not based off of solely our Social Lives is a very difficult thing to do. You can spend a lot of time thinking about it but may ultimately end up with nothing. The Social Lives and groups that we are a part of do change throughout life. Even if you stay in the same group all your life, the way you meet up and communicate will change somewhere down the line.

People these days live very busy lives. People have differing workloads that change over time and will also have an impact on the group that you are a part of. Sometimes groups will have to meet less as people are busy whereas there may be other times where you can meet up more due to not having much work on. It fluctuates a lot which adds to the complexity in measuring it in relation to being successful or not.

Another factor which adds yet another layer of complexity into the debate is what if you have not even got a social group? What if you speak to a number of different people but not as a group? Does that still create like a group with you being the center or does it mean that you are not a part of a group? Does this impact on if you are successful or not?

If people trust you and always speak to you but you are not a part of a group does this mean that you are unsuccessful? There really is no end to this debate as it is all down to a matter of opinion.I have my own view on it and you will have yours too. As always these blogs are not created to force you into a certain way of thinking, I am simply asking questions and looking into what your opinions may be.

Success is a word that we use nearly everyday but when we actually look at it, what does it mean? I have found that success means different things to different people. Some people think that a good social life means you are successful in life whereas others do not even count it as a factor. It is an interesting debate to have with people and can lead you to think about questions you would not usually think of.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog. What do you all think? Do you think your social life impacts on whether you are successful or not in life? What does success mean to you? Do you think there is a right answer to the questions I have asked in this blog? Let me know what you think of these questions either in the comments below or through our Facebook page.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day,

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Sweeney’s Blogs Spotify Playlist

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Today’s blog is all about the playlist that I have made for Sweeney’s Blogs on Spotify. The playlist has been around a while but I am not sure if people know about it or not. I first made the playlist to have on in the background while I was writing blogs but now it is evolving into something bigger and better.

The playlist is now over 17 hours long and is available for anyone who wants to hear it! Whether you would like it on in the background while you read blogs, go for a run or just while you are chilling out and listening to music, Sweeney’s Blogs playlist is the playlist for you! The playlist is updated every week or so as well so there will always be something new to listen to on there!

You can find the playlist through Spotify by typing in Sweeney’s Blogs or via the following link: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0o8E5x2GB0yqct6FlVIhOj?si=ydE2_FzbR7G6oeFFbf0Pfw

When I first made the playlist I mixed a lot of different genres of music as well as music from the 1960s all the way through to now! Hopefully we have sings in there that match everybody’s taste, if we don’t let us know and I will try and add some more!

The playlist is just a little extra thing that I thought would be nice to run alongside the blogs and it is a lot of fun to make! What I like to do when the weather is as nice as it has been recently is just stick the playlist on, connect to a speaker and just relax in the garden, chilling out. With the sun out, music playing and drink in hand, where can you go wrong? The answer is that you can never go wrong!

As with everything I do on this page, feedback and comments are always appreciated. If there is any song/artist that you would like to see me add or remove from the playlist and I will see what I can do! I always aim to keep the playlist as family friendly as possible so everyone can listen to the playlist, regardless of their age!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! Feel free to check out the playlist if you are interested! We have now had a blog a day on the page for 2 weeks straight! Let’s see how long I can keep it going for! I hope you are all enjoying all of the blogs and new pages that I have been making! Let me know what you would like to see next!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 1: Series Introduction

Are you looking for something to do whilst in lockdown? Is the boredom of having nothing to do starting to get to you? Do you wish you had something new to do but you’re not sure where to start? Then our new Ideas for Lockdown series is the one for you!

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Today’s blog is going to be the 1st blog in the new “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is going to act as an introduction to the series outlining what I hope to cover in the series, the content schedule for the series and much much more! This series is originally created to provide ideas of things to do whilst on lockdown from the Corona Virus but can be adapted into things to do for any occasion!

The Corona Virus has hit everybody hard. People have lost their jobs, livelihoods and in some cases, their lives. The virus has caused everyone bar essential workers to either work from home or simply not work until the virus has been contained and managed and the risk of it spreading, reduced. This change has left many being stuck at home with little to nothing to do.

The lockdown and boredom that can stem from it can leave many people feeling rather demotivated in their day to day life. Routines start to go out of the window as people have less and less to do and start to feel like they do not want to do anything bar stay in bed all day. Personally I have felt very demotivated since coming home from University and have really struggled when it comes to thinking about doing University work.

The thing that we need to remember is is that everybody is in the same book, it is an unfortunate book to be a part of, but we are a part of it, nonetheless. The task that we all need to try and do is to stay positive and to stay motivated and busy. How do we do it? For this I strongly believe that by using the time to do something then we can re-motivate ourselves and get through this rough, unfortunate time.

This series is going to take a look at different ideas I have for things that we can do during the lockdown. These ideas can range from reading books, to learning a new language, to catching up with old friends and family and so much more. Ideas are only as limited as the people thinking of them!

As the old saying goes “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. If we do not make the most of this lockdown and actively try and do something the we are going to get ourselves in a routine of boredom and demotivate which ultimately is going to be little to no help to anyone in the future.

In regards to the content schedule for this series, I am currently aiming to do 2 new blogs a week for it. I was originally going to do 3 but plan to stick to 2 however, if I have enough ideas to merit 3 blogs a week for it then I will change it in the future. These blogs are going to be released on Wednesday and Saturday each week. This means now that on Mondays we are going to have our What do we mean by Success series and the every Wednesday and Saturday is going to be our Ideas for Lockdown series!

I am doing my best to keep doing a blog a day on the page for as long as I can so that everybody has something to read if they need it. I will keep on going for as long as I can, as long as the ideas I have for blogs are good ideas and cover relevant topics. I am hoping to branch out into a lot more topic areas in the next few weeks as I think it will make the blogs a little bit more interesting to read, and of course, to write.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? Are you excited for this new series? Do you have any ideas for things to do that you want to see in this series? Are there any other series that you want to see on the page? Is there anything that you do not want to see me cover on the page? Let me know what you think of these questions either in the comments below, through our contact page or via our Facebook page.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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Sweeney’s Blog Update – April 2020

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I have not done an update blog on the page for quite some time now and feel like one is now overdue for me to write. One thing that I will always say is that I am always honest about how the page is doing and over the last few weeks we have been hit hard. The Corona Virus has hit so many businesses around the world and unfortunately we are no different there.

Viewing numbers is one of the biggest things that has changed recently. The blogs that are being published are not getting anywhere near the views that they used to get but we will bounce back. I have been planning a lot recently in relation to the future of the page and have a much clearer insight for where we are going to go. The virus has hit us hard but we will hit back harder and better than ever!

I am going to be doing a blog a day on the page for as long as I can during this crisis. So far I am on an Eleven day streak and I hope that I can keep on going for longer! My original thought was to diversify the content so that we are looking at different topics and subjects each day but if there is something that you would like to see me write about, message me or the page and I will see what I can do!

Over this week I have completely refreshed the Blogapedia page and I think that it looks a lot better than it ever has before! Now, each blog series that i have written for the page now has it’s own individual page. This will make it so much easier to navigate through my page and if there is a series that you really enjoyed reading, it is now easier than every to go back and reread!

Blogapedia is available here.

In terms of what series are currently running on the page, we have two active series, the Time to Talk series and the What do we mean by Success series. I am hoping to keep these series going for a while as long as people are enjoying them, want to see more and I have the content ideas planned for each of them. I write all of the blogs for the what do we mean by success series however the Time to Talk series works a little bit different.

My Time to Talk series is a series that is all about guests and readers experiences and stories. If you have an idea for a blog or a story you would like to share, please get in touch and we will see what we can do! If you have every seen or experienced anything in regards to Stuttering, Stress, Mental Health or anything similar then chuck the page a message we will see what we can come up with!

We do now have a page uniquely dedicated to all of the poems that I have written for the page. This page is called Poetry Corner and can be found under the Blogs drop-down list. If you would like to put your feet and relaxing whilst reading a poem then Poetry Corner was made for you!

Poetry Corner is available here.

I am hoping to update my Alzheimer’s Awareness page, Don’t Forget Me, soon but recently I just have not had the time to do so. I have now added a link to Don’t Forget Me to the menu for Sweeney’s Blogs as well so it is a lot easier to find. I will be adding a page for What is Alzheimer’s as well as all of the different support techniques that can be used to help cope with the horrible illness that is Alzheimer’s. I am currently thinking of more pages to add so keep an eye out!

Check out Don’t Forget Me and let me know what you think!

I am still regularly updating the Spotify playlist for the page as well. It now has over 17 hours of Music and covers music ranging from 1960 all the way to now!

Sweeney’s Blogs Spotify Playlist

I always try and add and remove songs when I get time so keep an eye out for some new additions in the coming weeks! If there is any song that you want me to add or remove from the playlist let me know and I will see what we can do!

I am also looking for more guest bloggers for the page so if you know somebody who may be interested, let me know! The actual blogs can be about absolutely anything, I don’t mind! We cover so much on this page already and I am always happy to explore new topics. If you have an idea or a story that you think could make an interesting read then message me!

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! The page has been hit quite hard for the virus but there is no need to worry, we will come back from this being better than ever! There is going to be a lot more content coming to the page over the next few weeks so I hope you are all looking forward to it! We are also going to be expanding onto new blog topics and themes as well as a new style of blog so I hope you are looking forward to it!

If anybody has any questions or queries that they would like me to answer let me know either on this page on through our Facebook page and I will reply as soon as I can! All comments and feedback are greatly appreciated and if you have any changes that you would like to recommend for the page let me know and I will see what we can do!

Thank you all for reading and I hope everyone is doing alright in the lock-down. If anybody needs someone to talk to you can always message me. I am always around and will try and help if I can!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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Being Different Series

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Today’s blog is all about the new page that I have made for my Being Different blog series!Similar to how we have updated both the Alzheimer’s Acceptance and Alzheimer’s Avoidance series, the Being Different series has now had a big update to it! I much prefer the new page to what it used to be in the Blogapedia, let me know what you think!

Being Different page.

I am slowly making my way through every series in the Blogapedia and giving them all their own pages! The transition process does take a while for me to do so I do apologize for the time that it takes to amend and update. As the Being Different series was the second series that I ever did on the page, I have needed to make some amendments to the page to make it more coherent with the rest of my work. The blogs are now all a bit longer and contain a lot more content that they used too! I hope you all enjoy the newly updated blogs!

To find the new page is simple. You can either find it by pressing the link above or you can go over to the Blogs drop-down list, hover over Blogapedia and you can find it there. Alternatively you can go straight to the Blogapedia page and find it there. All of the series that I write on the page are on the Blogapedia so if you are looking for something new to read, check it out!

Blogapedia is available here.

So what is the Being Different Series?

The Being Different series was the second series that I every wrote for the page and is all about why Being Different is something to be proud of, not ashamed of. The series focuses on the positive side of Being Different whilst also bringing in what Being Different actually means and the affect that it can have on your life.

I have edited a few of the blogs again recently to make sure that they are a lot more relevant and have a lot more content in them that they already had. Although they have been edited the original message that I wanted to portray through the series still stands and the actual purpose of each blog hasn’t changed at all.

The first blog in the series acts as an introduction to the series, talking about what we hope to cover through the series. The second blog goes into detail about what being different is and compares Oxford Dictionaries definition of what being different is to one that I made myself. The third blog in the series takes a look at the positive side of being different and how difference is a good thing and is something that we should embrace.

The fourth blog in the series takes a different approach and talks about how you can see yourself change though the years through a mirror. In this blog we talk about even though the way you see the world may change, the person that you are inside does not need to change. The fifth blog is the last blog in the series and acts as a series summary, talking about everything we covered in the series.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! I hope you have all enjoyed! What do you think? Are you going to read the Being Different series? Should I bring the series back? Are you enjoying the new pages coming to Sweeney’s Blogs? What page would you like to see next? Let me know what you think of these questions and any other comments you have either in the comments below or via our Facebook page!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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What do we mean by Success? – Blog 3: Your Qualifications?

Education and indeed the qualifications that you have are too many the foundation of their definition of success. People see education as an all or nothing when it comes to being successful or not when sometimes it just simply is not. The question that we are going to be looking at today is: does education factor in whether you are successful or not?

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This is the third blog in the “What do we mean by Success?” series! Today’s blog is all about if education and qualifications are a factor of whether we are successful or not in life. As with many of the other blogs in this series, there are a lot of different opinions on this topic, I will give my opinion but I am in no way saying that it is right or wrong , it is simply my view on the subject. If you have a different viewpoint or question let me know in the comments or on our Facebook page and we will discuss it further.

The education that we have had the qualifications that we have achieved will most likely differ with each person you meet. Different people prefer different subjects, some people may find Maths and English as the easiest subject in the world, whereas others may see them as the hardest. The qualifications and education we have does play a part in where we end up in life but should we define our success simply by what we may have acheived 10-20 years ago?

It is very true that education can help you get a better job in the future but simply having the qualifications does not guarantee that you will get any or every job that you apply for. They play a good part in it yes, but they are in no way a guarantee. The value that we place on Education is very important growing up and is something that I personally value very highly but the question is: does it determine whether we are successful or not?

If you have 10 GCSE’s with grades ranging from A*- C and your friend has 9, does that make you more successful than them? Does it make you smarter than them? If another one of your friends has 11 GCSE’s ranging from A*-C does that make them smarter or better/ more successful than you? These are the questions that I would like you to think about when reading this blog. How do you see success and does your education act as a factor in that or not?

What I love about writing this series is all the questions that I ask are all down to a matter of opinion. You can talk to 10 different people about these questions and each time you will get a different response. The concept of success is one that we all see differently and it is something that should be embraced, not swept to one side.

Education is constantly evolving to adapt to a forever changing world, therefore the education and ,of course, the qualifications change with them. An easy example to look at here is the change from O Levels to GCSEs. This change was made for people who wanted to leave school at 16 without doing A levels or attempting to go to University. Education always changes eventually so should we deem how successful we are by the things that we are taught?

The way that we see Education also differs depending on who you talk to. The traditional way as it were would be to go through school to get your GCSEs, then go to College to study for your A Levels and then go to University in your chosen filed and eventually get a job. That is just one way that people can do it. There are so many alternate routes that people can take ranging from BTEC qualifications, to vocational qualifications, professional courses and so many more.

Personally I did not take the “textbook way” to get to University. I went through School doing really well and got very good GCSEs, even with a very large operation during my last year in School. When I went to College unfortunately I did not do as well as I hoped and did nowhere near what I was capable of. After College I did the Level 3 AAT, Accounting qualifications as well as a HNC in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and went on to Reading University to study my chosen degree path.

Do I see myself as less successful than others as I took a different route to University? Should I? Personally I am glad that I did not take the traditional way. Not doing so well at College taught me a lot of lessons that will be very valuable to me in later life and the extra qualifications that I now have, alongside my AS and A Levels are a great asset when entering the world of work down the line.

There is no right or wrong answer for how you rank education as a factor in whether you are successful or not in life. It is all down to a matter of opinion. I base success off of a large number of variables of which my education is a part of. This blog is not meant to make you feel like you are wrong or right in what you think, it is made to open the door on questions that you may not have thought of.

Personally I love having debates on topics like this, I feel that because everyone sees them differently it can lead to a very interesting and thought provoking debate. All that I ask is that when you think of Education as a factor or not in relation to Success consider all variables. Remember what I said at the start of the blog if you have 10 GCSEs and your friend has 9, does that make you smarter or more successful than them? Success to me is a term of an amalgamation of different things but the way that you see it may be completely different.

That is all I want to talk about in today’s blog! Thank you all for reading! I hope everyone is doing alright in the lock-down that we are facing currently. What do you think of today’s blog? Are you enjoying the What do we mean by Success series? What would you like to see me talk about next? Let me know what you think of these questions and any other comments that you have either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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