My Future Career

When I leave school I hope to go to Sixth Form College and then onto university to get a PhD and then I shall apply for a job. The job I hope to get is one in scientific research as I am particularly interested in science. The science that interest me most, at present in fourth year, is biology, so I hope to go into biological research. I am also interested very much in space research, but I don’t feel too confident on physics. As for chemistry, I am interested in the elements, and so I would like to do research in them.

At the recent careers convention held at our school, my main enquiries were about the sciences. From the Civil Service representative I obtained a booklet telling you about different branches of their scientific side. In it was a couple of paragraphs on each branch, and the address of that branch was also given. Before I read the booklet, I thought the Civil Service consisted of bowler-hatted, pin-striped, office workers, but now my conception of the Civil Service has completely altered.

I should hope my job will take me all over the world, or at least allow me to do some travelling to foreign countries, as I enjoy travelling. The job must also have a good wage.

Well, I did go to Sixth Form College and university, but nowhere near any scientific research.

(c) M. Robert Gibson
Written 1978-03-06
This is a school essay.
It was written well before the internet. It is full of inaccuracies and assumptions; bad punctuation; bad grammar and a woeful lack of research, but, it is also a first draft. It was also hand-written in an exercise book, none of your fancy electronic gizmos back then.
And don’t forget, it was written by a schoolboy in a time before political correctness.
It is published here for purely selfish vanity reasons, so read it at your own peril and do not expect any great revelations.