How I got out of the call centre and back to school

I FINISHED my GCSEs ten years ago at Balby Carr School and dropped out during my A-levels , having lost all interest in education.

But as time went by, I started to ask myself where I saw myself in 10 years time. The only thing I could see was being still stuck in a call centre, with little chance of progression. A lot of my friends were at university, having the time of their lives and setting themselves up for the future. I decided that my future was in my hands and it was up to me to do something about it.

So I went back to Doncaster College to retake my A-levels, but this time rather than picking subjects which I found boring I went for Business Studies, History, Sociology and Media Studies.

It was quite difficult as I had to balance a part-time job at BT with my studies, whilst having the frustration of being five years older than most other students.

But the experience really helped me find my career path. I have now nearly finished a Media & Communication degree at DeMontfort University and aim to go into a career in journalism or PR.

I will always be so grateful for the opportunities and the help I was given by Doncaster College, but with the new emphasis on vocational courses I do worry that if you don’t want to do a manual course such a motor vehicle or know what you want from day one, then you may be snookered!