• Julie Taylor

    Julie Taylor

Dr Julie Taylor

Trustee – EDI, Training & Education

5 bits of advice to my teenage self…

  • You cannot always meet other people’s expectations in the way they might like you to, and that is ok.

  • Set your own standards and stick to them, e.g., be kind even if that makes you unpopular with some people. Being popular is no good if you do not like yourself .

  • You can do whatever you put your mind to, find out how, ask for support and direction when you need it, and keep asking until you get where you want to be

  • The people who are treating you badly are usually in a more difficult place than you, you don’t need to feel sorry for them because they are still behaving badly, but it can be helpful to know that it isn’t you it is them.

  • When you treat others badly, own it rather than try and defend it and apologise.

About me

As a teenager…

I loved learning but not necessarily about the things we were covering in lessons. I had a wide circle of friends but never felt I could be myself for a range of reasons around identity. By the time I was 14 years old I was rarely attending school and was engaging in lots of behaviours that were unhealthy. The turning point for me was boredom. Wagging it was great initially but after a few years of sitting around doing very little except trying to avoid getting caught I just got bored. My weekend job was fine, but I did not want to do it forever, so I went to college. Luckily, I had sat my “O” Levels even though I don’t think anyone knew who I was when I arrived. My grades were not the best but enough to get into the local college.

After school…

… at college, I loved the freedom but was still not settled, missed a lot of classes but did enough to keep some options open. After I left, I got a full-time job for a year and a couple of part time jobs alongside, which were fine for a while, paid the rent, but again boredom hit so at 19, I applied to university through clearing and got on a course in computer science and maths.  It was while I was at Uni that I started reflecting on things more deeply and decided that much as I loved maths I wanted a job working with people, preferably people like me who didn’t know where they fit and who got into trouble without trying! It was a this point I launched myself into psychology and have never looked back.

Now I’m…

Working as Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience for the Institute of Health at the University of Cumbria.  It is the best job in the world (most days!).  As a psychologist I get to teach other people and learn from them. As a lead for student experience in our institute I get to work with students and communities on their experiences and needs relating to training and education.  Working with people and seeing them achieve their goals is both a joy and a privilege.