Early years study gives Sarah a new lease of life

Published: November 18, 2020

A Telford College student has put the threat of redundancy behind her and been given ‘a new lease of life’ in the care sector.

Sarah Roberts, 22, from Shrewsbury, initially started a business course, but switched to a level three early years programme after a year – and hasn’t looked back since.

Sarah Roberts | Higher Education | Telford College

Sarah Roberts | Higher Education | Telford College

“I completed my level three qualification and found a job in a children’s nursery in Telford where I stayed for three years,” she said.

“Unfortunately I was at risk of being made redundant, so I decided to reconsider my career options.

“I enrolled on the foundation degree in early years services through Telford College, and secured new employment at a children’s residential care home in Shrewsbury.

“Starting the foundation degree was the best thing I ever did – it was the perfect progression route for me and I love my job. The course and the job go hand-in-hand so well and I am fortunate to be able to say I love going into work.”

She added: “I’m surprising myself at the moment and I’ve made the most out of my opportunities. I’d recommend this course to anyone else considering a career change, or if you need a degree to progress.”

Sarah, a former Lakeside Academy student, plans to top up her course to a full degree with a year at university after finishing at Telford College, to help further progress her care sector career.

“I love relating what I’ve learned at college and through my experiences to my new role – I can support the residents far better than those who have not had the experiences I’ve had. I feel really fortunate, and I’m looking forward to my future.

“For anyone considering a university level course at Telford College, I’d say do it and don’t look back. It’s hard work but the time goes very quickly and you see yourself getting better and better in front of your own eyes.”

Caroline Bastow, learner manager for higher education and access, said: “Sarah has just started her second year and it’s great to see her enjoying her job and drawing the links between theory and practice.

“Sarah says her foundation degree course has really helped her in getting the job and knowing how to work with children, and her manager is amazed at how well she is doing. It’s like she has been given a new lease of life!”