After a telephone interview with the University of Derby, I was accepted on to the law degree at Cheshire College – South & West.
The support I received whist studying was excellent, I received both financial and careers advice, as well as reassurance and guidance from my tutors. Our tutors would put on extra sessions for us, they did not have to but they wanted us to succeed. There were also revision tips and techniques, which were invaluable. We also undertook external trips, which I helped to organise and thoroughly enjoyed.
Due to the flexible time tabling, I was able to take up voluntary work such as placements with Cheshire East Council in their Housing Standards team, where I worked on issues such as property disputes and noise pollution. I was also fortunate enough to arrange marshalling opportunities with many reputable judges at local courts in the area, which allowed me invaluable experience of sitting on the bench with them and seeing the court process first hand. Most importantly, I volunteered with a local law firm during my first and second year of my law degree and as a result, secured paid employment in their crime department, which I absolutely love.
The facilities in College were great and the staff were so thoughtful and helpful. This network of support has certainly helped me to achieve the results I have obtained, not to mention receiving the Dean’s Award at the University in both years one and two of my studies: something I never dreamed would happen to me! Because of this, I have recommended the College to so many friends who have since enrolled on courses.
I have now graduated from the University of Derby with a First Class Honours LLB qualification. If I could give any advice to anyone who is looking to begin the law degree, I would recommend getting as much work experience as possible and always ask for help when you need it. Be sure to talk to people – go in to the courts and talk to staff and advocates so that they know who you are… and remember, if it does not challenge you, it does not change you.”
The route to my career started when I joined the college as a Motor Vehicle Apprentice L2 &L3. I enjoyed my time at the college and after spending time in my own family run garage decided to return to the college as a Technician. This gave me the opportunity to expend my knowledge and skills. Not long after I returned to College teaching hours were offered to me and I took the next step in my college career. When a full-time teaching position became available, I applied and was successful. I have now been with the College for over six years and in that time studied Chartered Management Level 5 and Cert Ed L4 & L5 which were both funded by the College.
My current role of Trainer / Assessor in Motor Vehicle consists of keeping in touch with Motor Vehicle employers in the area and making sure that our Apprentices have everything that they need and providing help when they need it. I also support new assessors, teachers and the wider college team.I find working at the College to be very rewarding; I enjoy meeting the new students and seeing them leave the college with an exciting new career. Many of our alumni keep in touch, it’s always really great to hear how well they are thriving in their chosen careers.
I decided to enrol at college in 2015, after spending many years raising a family of four children. I've always had an interest in Travel and Tourism and with my children being more independent, I felt it was the right time for me to enrol at college as I felt I now had the time to dedicate to returning to education. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cheshire College South & West. Returning to education after such a long time away from it was very nerve-racking, but within a few weeks I had settled in and it genuinely was a pleasure to get up each day to attend my lessons. The Travel and Tourism department where I was located has an aircraft, which I thought was really good for giving students the experience of what it would be like to work on an aircraft.
I met my husband 20 years ago, and have spent many years bringing up my 4 children. With two of them having Autism, I have spent my time being there for them and decided to wait until all of them was settled and confident in themselves before making the decision to concentrate on my own career. Having completed my HND at Cheshire College South and West I progressed onto The University of Chester Business School to study Level 6 International Tourism Management to top up my diploma to a degree. There is one thing in life that I can never get enough of, which is, searching for and planning holidays. There is something I find so exciting about the research you put into finding that perfect vacation. From deciding what country to visit, what kind of accommodation to stay in, self-catering or all inclusive, to researching the local culture, and finding out what excursions are available, I find the entire process exciting! I have always felt that you should feel passionate about the career you choose, and be in a job which you love to do. Nothing excites me more than to be planning a holiday, and to be able to assist others in the process and share their excitement, would be an honour!
I studied BTEC Diploma in Hospitality Management at College and I am now both a business partner and College Ambassador. I enjoy coming in to College and at the beginning of the academic year and introducing myself to the new students and reacquaint myself with the current students. I help the Hospitality students with their organisational skills and how to ‘adapt’ as this is very important in the industry . Chefs are very good at finding solutions to problems and it’s important that the students learn these skills.
Preparing the students for the real world isn’t limited to the College Campuses, we take the students to events such as the Cheshire Chester Food Festival and the Cheshire Show where they cook on stage alongside chefs such as Jean Christophe Novelli and Sean Wilson. – This provides the students with evidence to go in to their portfolios for when they go to interviews. And adds value to what the students are doing by incorporating industry practice.
In addition to the Catering students I also work with the Media Photography students, I make the dishes for them to photograph. I also hold Gourmet evenings in the Ellesmere Port Campus Restaurant, Academy West, keep an eye on the College events page for dates and further details.
I think the media students is more varied than them just photographing food, something like ‘ I seek out real learning experiences, filming activities with me, taking them to events and running live promotions on social media.