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We’d like to share a few examples of how guidance helps. Everyone’s situation is just a little bit different – but, there’s always a second chance.
Danny went to university as a mature student, without the normal entry qualifications, studying a foundation year in English literature. He was enjoying his course, but struggled financially when he didn’t receive his student loan until December and the cost of commuting to a university in another city forced him to withdraw.
Danny was certain that he wanted to return to university and had developed a strong interest in studying social science, in particular sociology / anthropology / social policy, as a result of spending some time homeless. After a discussion with a back on course adviser, it emerged that Danny was working and supporting his partner financially, whilst she studied a masters degree. Danny hoped to return to university when his partner had completed her studies. The adviser was able to identify local access courses that could be studied in the evening, in order to gain entry qualifications. As he wanted to study specific subjects within the social sciences, Danny was advised to speak with admissions tutors in those universities that he was interested in, to establish a clear understanding of the degree content. Danny also discovered that he was eligible for further funding.
Danny found the assistance from back on course very helpful and he is researching social science courses at local universities, which will be easier and less expensive to access.
Megan contacted back on course because she wanted advice about returning to university, and what to do if she was unsuccessful. Her first experience of studying English literature had been disappointing; she had not enjoyed the course and was homesick, so decided to withdraw. However she felt she was capable of gaining a degree and in the following months began to consider different options.
Film studies had been one of her interests, so she decided to explore the subject further. With the help of the back on course adviser she identified two local degree courses. The adviser was able to give guidance on completing her UCAS personal statement in the most positive way. They also discussed options for further study at local colleges, in case Megan did not get a place this year.
Megan was successful and is now thoroughly enjoying her new degree course in film studies. She finds the practical nature of many aspects of the course really suits her. She has decided to live at home, and a few hours of part time work are helping her contribute financially to the family budget without compromising her studies.
Joe withdrew from university since he did not enjoy his first year. He decided that university was not for him and decided to apply for an apprenticeship instead.
A back on course adviser provided Joe with guidance on identifying apprenticeship opportunities. However, when the adviser made a follow up call, she discovered that Joe was still undecided about his future and was struggling to move forward.
A follow up careers interview gave Joe some important advice on applying for jobs and building his CV. Joe is now feeling more confident about his future and is applying for jobs.