Tashfeen Zubair believes she would never have achieved a first at university without the support she received during her time at Telford College.
Tashfeen, 22, from Telford, is now working as an accounts assistant at Carter Jonas, gaining valuable employment experience while continuing her studies.
She left Telford College in 2014, having studied accounting, business, and law at both the King Street and Haybridge campuses.
She then took a BA Honours degree in accounting and finance at the University of Wolverhampton and graduated with a first – setting her firmly on course to achieve her dream of becoming an accountant.
“There is no doubt that studying at Telford College developed me into a better and more independent individual,” said Tashfeen.
“The courses enabled me to move on in my career and helped achieve my ambitions of becoming a qualified accountant.
“I enjoyed my time at King Street very much. Throughout my time at college I always felt supported by all the teachers. “The guidance I received was incredible and has proven to be very valuable.”
Tashfeen described the tutors as ‘pillars of support’, and singled out head of A Levels, Jenny Nolan, for particular praise.
“I couldn’t have got where I am today without her. She was always there for me when I needed her, and I am extremely honoured to have met such a good person.
“Her support and motivation encouraged me to overcome my weaknesses and achieve my true potential.”
She added: “I would definitely recommend the business and finance course to all students.
“The college encourages you to be yourself and independent whilst being supportive in terms of helping achieve your goal – whether you want to enter the workplace or further your education.”
Jenny Nolan said: “We are all very proud of Tashfeen’s achievements. She is a great example of a student who benefited from both the academic and vocational elements of the college prospectus.”