Goals and aspirations

  • If nothing held you back, where would you like your ‘future self’ to be?
  • Do you think you’ll be able to achieve this?
  • What would need to change for you to be able to achieve this?
  • Do you feel there are any expectations on you to be a certain way, or to fulfil a certain role?

Why the contribution is important

We all have hopes for our future, and those close to us are likely to have hopes for us too.

These could be hopes linked to our career, our family, our personal interests, our health, or another thing that is important to us.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about what you would like to achieve.

You're welcome to answer as many of the above questions as you like, write about something else that's related, or make a suggestion.

Thank you for voicing your thoughts.

by Megan_LeicesterCC on November 06, 2019 at 11:27AM

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  • Posted by dgeeoxbrough January 21, 2020 at 11:57

    I feel I live in a culture where so much is expected of women and as this 'superwoman' ideal manifests itself in your life you eventually start to lose your identity. Over the last 10 years I have squeezed into my life a BSc, an MSc, working full time, being a mother to 2 children (now teenagers), a wife and a housewife. I have few regrets as I wanted to educate myself; however my employers didn't support me in this, financially or with time, I got no government funding (as I was earning) and the University I was doing my MSc was not used to mature students with a life outside of the walls of their university. I would like to do a PhD which a the moment seems out of reach - they are geared towards young people with no responsibilities. Life and work experience seems to be overlooked by academics shortlisting PhD candidates.

    I see my 'future self', as healthy, with a PhD, working an academic post instigating change, empowering people to make changes to improve life chances and to lead a healthy, well balanced lifestyle. I want to establish my true identity, narrow down what I want to dedicate the rest of my life to (work and personal) and be a support to my family and friends. I am not sure I will make it; despite the expectations on women to 'be all things' no one can tell you how to get there without there being suffering and sacrifice along the way.
  • Posted by Samea April 20, 2020 at 12:01

    Yes being the 'superwoman' pressure is on women but I don't think there is enough acknowledgement or support for how much more women do than men in general. Still needs to be a fundamental cultural change that puts as much worth on the non-financially quantifiable contributions women make in addition to their day jobs.

    There are those lucky enough to achieve their goals and aspirations but there are certainly more out there who don't - barriers in terms of family/carer responsibilities etc. that make women sacrifice their own wants for the greater good.

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