Whilst looking out the window on a wet, cold, miserable Staffordshire Monday morning, not only was the weather bleak, but so was I.
I was stuck in a dead end job, doing the same thing day in and day out. I knew this wasn’t the job for me. There had to be more to life. When I left school I was half-hearted. I just wanted to go out and have fun like most other 16-year-olds lads. I never really thought about a career. The next thing I knew, I was engaged with a child on the way. So going to college or uni was out the question as I had a fiancé and child to support.
I went out and I got the first job available that paid alright money. And stuck at it – much to my dislike. I wanted a job where I could grow, and where I could help others. I was sat there thinking about what I’d really like to do. I’d like to work with children; teach them. I had a little bit of experience when I was coaching football skills a few years ago.
So on that miserable Monday morning, I decided to take a look on the internet at colleges. There was so much information out there, so many conflicting pieces of advice and for every good review, there was a bad one too.
I spoke with a few colleges and I’d missed some of the starting dates, and the next starting dates weren’t for a few months. Then I had the money, time and affordability aspects to consider – this was getting less and less likely to me. And that’s when I saw it: Oxbridge Home Learning. I was a bit apprehensive, for the want of a better word, but I was later assured that most people are.
When I showed my fiancée, she was all for it – telling me to “go for it and enrol”. So that’s exactly what I did. I was really impressed that I could continue working while studying. I mean, I did have to do 50 hours placement over the time of the course but I used 2 weeks holiday from my job and went ahead on my placement at a school not too far from home.
“This was the best move I’ve made, not only for me but my family too.”
So, a year after enrolling on the Supporting and Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate, I’m now a fully qualified Teaching Assistant and absolutely loving every moment of it. It has made such a huge change to me as a person. My fiancée cannot believe the difference in me, we are both so happy. We’ve even been able to save for our wedding which is something I could never have seen us being able to do if I hadn’t changed my life. I honestly cannot thank Oxbridge Home Learning enough. First of all for the course, but the help they gave and encouragement. Nothing was ever too much trouble, I now have the confidence that I need.
This was the best move I’ve made, not only for me but my family too. Even the term times will fit in with our child going to school. If I’d have needed to go to uni or college I would not have been able to even dream of being a Teaching Assistant. I wouldn’t have been able to keep my current job, where as doing the course from home was great. Convenient and cost effective, it fitted into my life rather than having to arrange my life around the course.
Even now if I have a question or am not so sure about something I’ll give them a call and there is always someone who is willing to help me. All the advisors are great, they seem genuinely interested. You honestly feel so comfortable asking them anything.
I am currently working in a Year 4 class in the primary school where I did my placement hours! I’m now going forward to do the Higher Level Teaching Assistant course and once that’s completed I might even look into helping children with special needs.
I couldn’t imagine still being stuck in the past like I was, now I’m happy so is my fiancé and so is my little son, Oscar. It was, by far, the best decision I ever made. Thank you, Oxbridge Home Learning.