A #NoWrongPath message from Mànran’s Gary Innes!

I received an email this morning from Developing the Young Workforce, West Highlands and was asked to take part in their #NoWrongPath social media campaign that on exam results day looks to promote the message to young people that whatever the outcome of their exam results, there is no wrong way to achieve their career aspirations.
So firstly I’d like to congratulate everyone who did get the exam results that they wanted today which I’m sure they have worked so hard for and which will potentially go on to help shape their working careers.

For everybody else though, that didn’t get the results that they wanted, then of course you will be upset but life is full of ups and downs and it’s how we ride those out that determines where we end up in life.
For me I left school at 16 years old before my Higher exams. I only loved high school for the girls, shinty and music, each day the order changed but you get the gist.
I was never academic, or certainly didn’t apply myself so it was no surprise to my Mum and Dad that I left high school as soon as I could.

My first job was in an electrical shop in Fort William as a trainee manager which lasted only four months. Over the next few years I was a ‘lifty’ at Nevis Range, fish farmer, forklift driver, dump truck driver, labourer and had other seasonal jobs before going self employed as a musician in 2003 at the age of 22.
Those first six years of dotting about jobs and learning life skills from some of the Highland’s finest workforce inevitably helped me be the person that I am today and also gave me a grasp on the meaning of hard work and what can be achieved if you put your mind to it.

My life drive was my music and my determination and energy was always spent trying to perform and make a career out of that.

I feel very grateful that I am writing this 15 years later and I am still doing what I love. I realise that I am in the minority in that my passion is also my job, however if you had asked me when I was 16/17 years old where I thought my life would be now at 37, I could never have imagined the life experiences that I have had and the wonderful people I have met along the way.

So if you have had a good day, or a bad day with your results this morning, remember life is amazing and you will end up doing what you put your mind to, you just might have to take a wee diversion along the way to get there.

Now, away out with your pals and get the craic with them.

For more information regarding opportunities for young people and employers, please contact the DYW West Highland team on: [email protected] / 01397 705 765 /Facebook / Twitter or call in and see us in the office at Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH.