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Will 2019 be the year you start your journey to a successful new career?

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Will 2019 be the year you start your journey to a successful new career?

Whether you are considering a complete change of career or aiming for that promotion you have always wanted, Adult Learning at Burnley College is here to help you with a wide range of courses, offered at times to fit in with your busy schedule. From Maths and English classes to professional development programmes, courses that will prepare you for university-level study or full and part-time degree courses to give you the qualifications you need to succeed.

Among those Adult Learners who changed their lives in 2018 and are looking forward to a fresh start in 2019 is Louise Meloy (28), from Padiham. Louise, who is currently completing her Foundation Entry Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, alongside vital Maths and English qualifications, is preparing to start a three-year degree in Paramedic Practice at University next autumn and is on target to become a paramedic.

Louise said:

“I’ve worked in the care sector but always felt that I could offer so much more. The experience I gained looking after older people, working in a dementia unit, in the community, with adolescents and those needing end-of-life care, made me realise that I have so much more to give and I use all this experience in my career as a paramedic.

 “As an Adult Learner with this career and life experience I can bring so much more to the role of paramedic, as a lot is about taking the time to listen to people and to offer reassurance.

Her degree studies will see Louise working on emergency vehicles alongside experienced paramedics, attending lectures, putting her new clinical skills into practice and gain vital experience through placements on hospital wards.

 She now feels she is fully prepared for her new career and has the support of her husband, Luke, who exports cars, and her young son William. She said:

“I’ve had to change the dynamics at home to make sure I’ve had time to study. Once William is in bed, I make sure that my lap-top comes out and I’m working on my assignments and carrying out research. I’ve made lots of friends on the course and we all support each other and I also make sure I have a good work-life balance and play football for Burnley Belvedere Ladies Team.”

And her advice to anyone currently considering their career options and thinking of returning to study as an Adult Learner:

“Life is too short to stay in a career that doesn’t really make you happy or fulfills you. You can change your future: reach out and grab the opportunities that are in front of you and you won’t look back.”

Simon Jordan, Deputy Principal of Burnley College, said:

“January is often a time when people take stock of their lives and reconsider their options. It’s a time when many people pledge to make a big change and see their career dreams come true and Adult Learning at Burnley College is here to help.

“Our Tutors are friendly and experienced and will work with you to help you achieve your goals. They are invested in your future and want to see you succeed. Plus, we have professional advisors on hand to help you navigate any student finance queries you may have; help you apply for university or further professional courses and give you independent careers advice.”

 If you have been inspired by Louise’s story and want to find out more about the opportunities open to you as an Adult Learner at Burnley College, visit our Opportunities Open Event at college on 17 January, from 5.30pm to 8pm. You can also discover more about the great range of Adult and University-level courses we offer at www.burnley.ac.uk or email s.services@burnley.ac.uk.

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