Progressing in life is one thing everybody wants. Nobody wants to be stagnant without achieving more. Being a woman is a big responsibility. It requires much work from managing your home, house chores, homeschooling to looking after children, husband, and making sure everybody is in sound mind and body.
Combining career and family life is quite challenging, but it is worth every of our effort at the end. We become career women to support our families, at the same time developing ourselves.
My experience. I moved to the UK and settled in and, of course, to start a family. I was pregnant. Having qualified as a dental technician before moving to the Uk, it was advantageous to move ahead in dentistry. I asked myself a fundamental question, ” where do I want to see myself in the future? ”
I was pregnant with my son when I took the bold step to enroll for dental nursing. With the support of my husband, I was able to face my fears and challenges. I remember his words “whatever you want in life, go for it, make a move, and everything will fall in place; don’t let the challenges discourage you.” As a family, we started the journey together; I enrolled our five-month-old son and his sister (2 years) in the nursery.
The challenges did not disappoint; they started propping up. One of the entry requirements was to get a placement in a dental practice to gain hands-on experience while studying. I started searching for all dental practices recruiting students but all to no avail. All dental practices wanted experienced dental nurses. But there I was, with no experience in dental nursing. I went to work, sending my application to more than 50 dental practices, and drove to more than 20 dental practices to make inquiries, but none was successful. I almost lost hope of continuing, but my husband kept encouraging me to keep trying. The worst part was that my admission would be deferred if I hadn’t found a work placement.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Jon Stewart
Almost losing hope and strength to carry on, I submitted my C. V to a particular dental surgery that was looking for a qualified dental nurse. Luckily, I was called for an interview, it was successful, and that was how I started working as a trainee dental nurse.
“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure; it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” —Robert H. Schuller
Attending classes, which was about an hour twenty minutes drive from my house, was a big challenge. At the time, my baby was too little to be left alone with his daddy, so we would wake early at 5 a.m and prepared for the journey. The class lasted for four hours. While I was in the class, my family would wait in the car. Once it was break time, I would come and breastfeed the baby. I would say I have a happy family, who would wait patiently for their mummy.
I was juggling with looking after my children and studies, doing assignments. As we all know, children like spending time together, playing with their parents. They have their individual needs and need attention too. Every day, I would have two to three hours of study, but it was not enough, especially when my assignments are voluminous and have deadlines. Luckily, my manager at work, a kind-hearted man, said to me, “Cynthia, you have a lot in your hands. I will give you free hours to study at work.” Oh! That relieved a lot of pressure and stress from me. Also, the entire staff was so supportive of my endeavors, willing to assist me throughout my learning. The support motivated me to keep pushing and never give up. Today, I am a qualified dental nurse; I am not stopping there; I am looking forward to becoming an Orthodontist in the nearest future.
Why am I sharing this with you, once you have a dream, keep pushing, challenges will come but never give up! Ideas come right, only when we work hard.
“It’s not what you achieve; it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” —Carlton Fisk your career.” —Carlton Fisk