em·bry·ol·o·gy | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-lə-jē \
1: a branch of biology dealing with embryo and their development
2: the features and phenomena exhibited in the formation and development of an embryo
I have a confession to make. I am 26 years old and until yesterday, had NO IDEA what I wanted to be when I… um… ‘grew up’.
I have already completed a Bachelor of the Arts with Honours in Performing Arts (Theatre) from a UK southern university years ago. Now, as I have finally found someone I want to be with forever, I have figured out what I want to do.
Let’s not beat around the bush. We all know we would rather not be working. We’d rather our work felt like play, right? Like we turn on our favourite game and get paid to play it. That’s what we want to have when we wake up in the morning – the undeniable urge to play that game we’ve been itching to play for aaaaages.
I know I want that feeling for work. Because getting up in the morning would be the best! And I HUGELY DISLIKE early morning waking!
However, I wouldn’t, if it meant I could boost up my laptop and play Sims all day. (Side note: Maybe Sims was a huuuuge hint at what I should do for a career, eh?)
Turns out you need a BSc degree in biology to get started in a career in Embryology. I know this because all yesterday I was googling like crazy what it all entailed and how to become one.
I love the stories of women trying to get pregnant. I found myself reading and rereading blogs about how IUI and IVF treatment is done, the unsuccessful outcomes and the successful ones, but grew less interested once a baby was born. Weird, right?
I thought maybe Midwifery was for me. Caring for and helping women give birth and join them during that wonderful time. But the hours are long, the work is very hectic of course, and the training has no study from home or flexible option.
Entry is rigorous, and the medical health check for anyone becoming a Midwife may knock me back, since I have undiagnosed heart issues. So I pretty much had to dismiss this one!
Embryology, however, is not so difficult to get into (at least qualification-wise). My initial degree of Theatre is of course not useful at all, but I already knew I wanted to study again. Perhaps even gain a Masters, and pursue PhD level educational research.
There’s a rough plan that while studying myself and J can find a home, set it up, and start being a family (cats, dogs and all) so that when I’m a second degree holder I will look for Master’s or PhD courses that suit my specialism.
I’m also hopeful that I can get help or some information from my local GP or the tutor of Biology BSc for future experience in a fertility clinic of some kind. I want experience and to know where the ‘local’ places are. Sadly, we are pretty rural in North Wales, although thats why I love it.
I am so excited at the prospect of studying fertility, embryology and how science and as a scientist I could help women across the UK, and maybe further, to have babies of their own.
I’m nervous because I’m now putting A LOT of hopes into this! But I want it badly.
When it comes to the crunch I might well be studying 3-6 years for the degree, a year or 2 for masters and then 6+ years for a PhD if that’s what I manage to get. I’m happy with this as I adore learning, but my life will be happening all around this too.
A house, animals, maybe kids too. I’ll be a student forever, and I’m okay with this. I want to say, “I’m Dr. Fruit Loop, an Embryologist, and I can help create your miracle.”
Fingers crossed I get in now! x