Thinking about a new career but worried you’ve left it too late? Don’t worry, more people than ever are finding their true vocation later in life…
Still not convinced? Take inspiration from mature students at Kensington and Chelsea College who have returned to study later in life.
Before returning to study, Debbie Osbourne went from working as a dealer’s assistant in a bank to flying around the world as a flight attendant.
Debbie writes – “I enjoyed these experiences but was never entirely satisfied in my career and knew that I really wanted to work with children. I was a little apprehensive about returning to college but applied to study Diploma in Early Years Child Care and Education at Kensington and Chelsea College as they were very welcoming to mature students (I am now 28 and was 25 when I applied). I was encouraged to apply for an advanced course which suited my qualifications and would also provide more opportunities for me in the future.”
Debbie now works in the Kindergarten for a wonderful school in Chelsea with 3-4 year old children.
“I absolutely love my job and the continuous challenges it offers. Each day is different and is always great fun.”
Tony Hadergjonaj came to the UK in the mid 1990’s as a refugee from war torn Kosovo.
“I came to study English, discovered Cookery and never looked back!” Tony now works full time as Head Technician at the colleges Food Studies department.
Tony also writes a cookery column for ‘The Albanian’ newspaper and has just started a cookery column in the ‘Emigrant’ magazine.
Last but by no means least, mother of three Iman Ismail who came to the UK from Somalia. She had a basic education but was keen to further her career. Iman completed a basic Nutrition Skills course and an Access to Nutrition course before gaining a place at London Metropolitan University to study part-time on their Public Health Nutrition degree.
In addition, Iman has returned to Kensington and Chelsea College to talk to the current Nutrition Access class about her work as a Community Health Worker and of her hopes for the future. She has given them some very valuable information about her student journey, which has inspired and encouraged the students to achieve their goals.
Iman said, “If you had asked me 3 years ago what I would be doing now, I would never have thought it possible that not only am I working in the community helping people to improve their health by eating well, but that I have also gained a place at University where I will be able to continue my learning.”
Date published: 20 August 2008