I'm not 65, I'm 22 with over four decades of experience.
I've been a research chemist, secondary school teacher, bank officer, Works Chemist in a factory, software developer and managed a virtual team scattered around the globe. I've been a life-long learner: last year I completed a series of courses about IT Service Management.
Failure has been a constant companion too: it means I have striven for ‘stretch goals’ rather than been complacent. It’s also made me more resilient to knocks that inevitably came along. I was in the school Cross Country team, but never in the first six over the line. I got a lower second bachelor’s degree, but still got postgraduate funding. I have three adult children I’m proud of, all with better grade first degrees than mine, but I can still tease them that my Master’s degree out-trumps theirs.
I’ve also had the last laugh at the teacher who told my parents “Robert is too slow to pass a stationary bus.”
I think I’ve done okay.