Our first Student Story for March is from our Online Learning student, Ann Fraser! Helena Nguyen Van described Ann as 'a great example of resilience'. We thought it was important for Ann to share her experience with us and now we're sharing it with you!
What Online Learning course did you enrol on and why?
I studied a Level 2 in Business Administration.
I decided to choose this course to assist in a career change. I currently work for Wetherspoons but want to move into support work in the homeless sector. To help my transition, I become a volunteer Information Advice and Guidance officer for Thames Reach Employment Academy.
Enrolling on the Business Administration course has also enabled me to assist with the services administration and I am now applying for a traineeship position with Thames Reach for Support Assistant!
Did you encounter any challenges on this course? How did you overcome it?
The major challenge I faced was gaining access to WiFi. I used lots of outlets – Thames Reach, work, unemployment office, community centres, supermarkets (outside), emergency library card (limited time scale) as well as friends and family. During my course, I was also caring for a relative so this made sticking to a timetable very erratic but I was still very determined to complete the course.
My course tutor and the administrative team were extremely supportive and understanding of my commitments and supported me where I needed it. They also kept in contact with me, which was reassuring. At the onset of Covid it became more difficult to gain WiFi access and my tutor was able to send me the exercise books to round off my learning.
How did you find flexible learning (learning at your own pace)?
The online courses at Lambeth College are a great way for busy people to gain extra skills at their own pace and fitting it around their routines. It is best to have access to a wifi supply but I would definitely do another course in due time.
Do you have advice or any words of encouragement for someone looking to enrol on an online learning course at the College?
I would encourage anyone to embark on an online learning course. There is always someone to help and support you on your journey. It is one of the best ways of improving your skills without disturbing your existing routine especially for people already working, parents, or those who are looking to change careers.
Thank you Ann for sharing such an inspirational story with us!