Hi Teresa! What can learners expect if they come to study in your department?
Students get the experience from lecturers that they don’t get in schools as all of our lecturers have previously worked in the industry they teach in. Students will be encouraged to do things a little out of their comfort zone to encourage confidence and will be challenged to achieve a higher grade.
tell us a little bit about yourself...
I was born and bred in Wolverhampton and attended secondary school in Willenhall. I started work as a commercial apprentice at Josiah Parkes and Sons (lock makers) at the age of 16. I spent four years perusing the business until I settled into the accounting department, before taking various accounting roles throughout the West Midlands.
I worked at a local college before applying and started working at Telford College straight afterwards as I enjoyed the education setting and wanted to continue with this. My job is extremely demanding but rewarding. Every day is different, depending on the time of year, and there is never any time to dwell on things.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy the interaction with both staff and students and love seeing students leave with the qualifications that they deserve.
How do you and your team get the best out of students?
Our team treat all students like young adults and that is how we expect them to behave. We support them, not only in college but outside too if required.
Tell us about specific parts of the courses which are particularly popular with current students, and why.
Students on business enjoy the Managing an Event unit as this is where creativity comes into play. They have to plan, budget and run an event which raises money for charity and then critically evaluate it after. This is an excellent way of recognising natural leaders, budding accountants, HR managers and marketeers while raising money for worthwhile causes too.
List a few of the main career progression opportunities.
From the L3 programmes, students can if they wish progress to university, but this is not the only option. Some students decide to gain a higher apprenticeship instead or continue doing a HNC/D to top up to a degree at a later date. Other students, having gained the appropriate skills, go straight into employment.
what do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy watching football and am a keen fan of Wolverhampton Wanderers and travel to both home and away fixtures. I also enjoy watching cricket and have had the privilege of seeing England play in the Ashes in Australia. I also enjoy domestic cricket and watch my three boys play recreational cricket on Saturdays in the summer months. I also do yoga, swim and run to keep fit.
I think I would still be in accounting in a large organisation.
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