GUEST BLOG: New year, new you?

January is traditionally a time for making plans – evaluating the year gone by and looking ahead to what the next 12 months might have in store. For many people, this might even involve a potential career change and believe me, it’s never too late to consider a new direction.

Here at Telford College, we’re encountering a growing number of people who have dipped their toes in the water of one particular sector, only to have a change of heart and switch to another but you needn’t worry – we have a team of experts on hand to help, at our learner hub.

Zaneta Hyjek, from Arleston, is one of many recent examples. The 20-year-old enrolled on a level two beauty course but reached the end of her first year feeling it wasn’t right for her.

We helped Zaneta to move over to a level three business course with us instead – and it’s given her a new lease of life towards a career in marketing.

She went on to receive an unconditional offer from Manchester Metropolitan University to study business management and is now hoping to travel to China this summer on an amazing fact-finding journey.

Not every young person knows exactly what they want to do when they leave school and it’s our role to ensure they receive the help, support and information to understand the ever-growing range of study and career routes available.

It’s one of the reasons why we are running a series of taster sessions from January 28-31, giving prospective students the chance to try a bite-sized sample of a course so they get a feel of what it involves before signing up.

Before that, we’re also opening up our doors on January 23 for an open event, from 5pm to 7.30pm, when staff and students will be on hand to talk through our range of full and part-time courses, plus higher education programmes and apprenticeships.

One of the highlights is bound to be a chance to explore our brand new virtual and augmented reality suite, which is taking learning to a new hi-tech level… whichever career route you eventually choose.

Graham Guest is principal and chief executive of Telford College, to read his welcome please click here.COPYRIGHT SHROPSHIRE STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 06/10/2017 TCAT and New College, Telford are merging together and will be rebranding as Telford College. As part of the merge, they are introducing "Seventh Form" as the college wants to be more career led and work with local employers to meet skills shortages in local areas. In Picture Graham Guest (Principal and CEO)


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