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10/10/2013 07:34 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

How I Became...

Mine is a story for anyone who didn't have a plan, isn't qualified - but dreams of more.

Train driver, policeman, Han Solo, footballer - the list of things little boys dream of becoming is, mostly, timeless. The thing is, for many a boy from Nottingham who loved playtime at school, but frankly, little else, all of these can seem out of reach. (Unless of course, you're blessed with the magic feet to propel you to the premiership and we know how often that pipe dream ends in tears).

Someone like me can find that those early dreams are replaced by little else. Looking back at my 16-year-old self leaving school; two left feet, no plan to speak of but a load of enthusiasm; I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do, but was always ready to graft and take on the next challenge.

I sometimes wish that I'd been given more direction and pointed towards really looking for a job that I loved - but then I'm sure I wouldn't have found myself where I am now.

I was really lucky that my talent for selling was spotted early on in my career. So now I knew what I was good at but needed to find what I was passionate about selling. After trying lots of different things, I realised there was only one place I wanted to work. After years of mulling it over and not really doing anything about it I applied for a job more junior than I would have liked but I just wanted to get in there and I knew I'd be able to work my way up.

So, that's what's happened: I love my job, where I am and I embrace every minute. It's not what I imagined at 7 but it's something that fills me with a childlike sense of excitement and pride. And for the first time I'm completely passionate about what I'm doing; I've never been able to say that before.

The dream job is out there for everybody but if you can dream that you can do - and really put in the work - then you can do it.

To find out what I became watch Becoming Me.

Simon Fotheringham features in Becoming Me, a new documentary from Sundog pictures and Randstad UK.