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Philippa’s Story

I had everything I needed, a husband, a great house and 2 lovely children I was happily married or so I thought. Until one morning I woke up and he was gone, I was all alone with a mortgage and 2 demanding teenage children. I hadn’t worked in over 17 years and even then it was hardly a career. I had no idea what to do or even what I could do. Time and technology had passed me by.

With a little help and advice from my friend I looked on the internet for inspiration. I looked at enrolling at the local college but id missed the start date and would have to wait until the next intake, even then I wasn’t sure what I would have enrolled on. I signed up with some agencies and entered my details into several online job finders. Nothing.

From the few responses I got back it was clear that the opinion was I had no experience. How could this be? I had run a house, paid the bills in a timely manner, organised my husband’s diary so he wouldn’t forget to get up for work or his boss’s birthday. I’d never missed a school appointment or afternoon club, made lunches, entertained the children at holidays and organised parties for them and their friends. But none of this seemed to count. I knew I needed to do something about it … id heard about distance learning, but didn’t know much about it. I used my new best friend Google to help me out; this is where I found Oxbridge. The website was informative, and easy to use. I called them and spoke with a very friendly advisor who put my mind at rest with all the questions I had, in less than 24 hours I was enrolled on the Medical and Clinical Administration Course, it was a long way from my dreams as a teenager to be a midwife but it was a start. The advisor didn’t just palm me off with a generic “we have nothing for you because of your lack of experience” he listened to what I had done even if it was only from a domestic background, he listened to what I wanted and what I thought I was good at and advised me on this course.

With my renewed motivation and direction I emailed the local hospitals asking for some voluntary work, I was given the email address of the volunteer section and sent off my email. A few days later I got a reply with all the current vacancies and applied, after a few meetings and the usual red tape I was in place and working with an older lady who volunteered as a result of the hospital looking after her husband in his last days, it was her way of giving something back.

I was volunteering 2 days a week and learning 2 days a week, I had renewed self –confidence. My tutor was encouraging, and seemed genuinely interested, over emails we had really struck up a friendship, she seemed to know more about my life than me, out of the blue she suggested that I applied to the hospital to go on ‘Bank Staff’ I had never even heard of this, but I asked one my colleagues about it and she introduced me to the Departments Head of Administration – a couple of hours later I had an email asking me to fill out the application form. As a result of my course and my new job I had so much more to put on my CV than before, I had a good feeling about this.

In no time at all I was on the bank staff and been posted all over the hospital on little missions, I was doing on average 3 shifts a week, some night shifts too, it was so interesting and was so applicable to my course, in reality my course was so applicable to my job, I was learning all of the time, even my children have noticed a big difference in me.

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