Leanne Doncaster

Leanne Doncaster

The course has really raised my ambitions and opened my eyes to career opportunities.

Leanne Doncaster

Business, Management and Communications at Abingdon and Witney College

After my A-levels, as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, I got a job as an administrative assistant at Byrne’s Dental Laboratory and have worked my way up to become the leader of an administration team of three. It was there that I gained my interest in Business and the desire to learn more about it.

 I did the research and felt that this course would suit me and my needs. My employer supported my decision to study again and they are sponsoring me through the Foundation degree. The company director is acting as my workplace mentor and she has really helped me to progress.  The course has given me a real passion for management!

 Lots of the assignments require applying theories to our own place of work. For my business project next year, I want to look at the impact psychometric tests can have in the workplace, particularly with regards to team building. We are in the process of moving offices at the moment, and I hope that my project can help us deal with this change and come together.

 I’ve learnt a lot about myself during the course - it’s really important to self-reflect and be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can be a better manager

 Working full time and studying at the same time is hard work, but I put my heart into it because I care about my employer and my studies. I want to make myself proud, as well as my employer.  The course has really raised my ambitions and opened my eyes to career opportunities – HR is one area I am finding very interesting and might pursue longer term.

 The teaching staff have been amazing, particularly the course tutor, Rebecca Philbrook. She is always happy to help and does that extra bit for us – if anyone has a problem she gets on the case straight away! My fellow students are all local and a mix of ages – some are juggling work and family life and others, like me, are younger.

 It’s brilliant having access to the Brookes resources – especially the Wheatley Library. At the start of my course the librarian was really helpful and also took the time to explain to me how the web search works.

 I also meet up with the other students from my course on Saturdays in the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington campus for our group work – it’s convenient for everyone to get to and it’s got a great vibe to it.

 I can’t wait for year two and I’m excited to get my teeth stuck into the business project we have to do!

Top tips

 1) If you have taken a break from studying, and are worried about starting again – don’t be.  I was nervous, but after completing my first assignment, it turned out not to be as complicated as I feared and it all started to come naturally.

 2) If you put your mind to it and believe in yourself, you will succeed

 3) Keep at it – when it feels a bit too much, keep going

 4) When you are looking into where and what to study, make sure you visit the college and talk to the tutor – it’s the best way to get a clear idea of what a course will be like.

 5) It’s OK if you don’t know what you want to do when you finish school - it will come in time.