Louise, Victoria & Sarah

Louise Lowe, Victoria Jones and Sarah Newton Vicky - I’ve always wanted to work in social services, specifically child protection. I currently work as a waitress, I love it but it’s not a career. I want to have a satisfying career to provide for my daughter and I can see everything coming together thanks to this course.

Sarah - I have three children and since school/university is now taking up more of their time it’s freed up some of mine. To be honest I felt a bit of a spare part at home which really got me down. My daughter is a real inspiration as she is now at university so I thought, why can’t I do that?

Louise - I’ve been through quite a journey to this point. I lost my job, my foster son sadly passed away and I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis all within a year. I felt so lost and was desperate for something to reignite my passion for what I did before and this course has definitely done that.

Sarah - Coming to college was the most terrifying thing I’ve done in my life. As soon as I stepped through the doors I was immediately put at ease, I felt comfortable and it wasn’t as daunting as I thought it would be. As a result my confidence has soared. I’ve made so many new friends here, it’s a scream. My whole mind feels like it’s alive again after being out of education for so long. I want to make my children proud of me, inspiring them to achieve what they want out of life.

Sarah - I’ve always fancied a career in teaching so I thought I’d go for it! Thanks to this course I’ve now got an offer to do an English degree. I want to teach Further Education, essentially teaching people like me, who are returning to education.

Louise - Plain and simple, I’m just happy. I’ve got hope for the future, I’ve rediscovered my passion for learning and the field I’m interested in. In previous years I always worried about the financial side of returning to learning but I’ve made use of the Advanced Learner Loans which has opened up so many new opportunities for me, so I wouldn’t let money worries deter you from studying and getting to where you want to be.

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