The course has really raised my ambitions and opened my eyes to career opportunities.
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
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
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!
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
5) It’s OK if
you don’t know what you want to do when you finish school - it will come in