It is National Careers Week (NCW), five days of celebrating careers education, information, advice and guidance across the UK.
NCW is the perfect platform to advise and inspire those of all ages who are about to enter or re-enter the world of work.
As the career college, The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) knows the importance of providing an education and training platform that provides learners with the necessary skills to forge their futures.
This ethos delivers incredible results across almost every sector of work imaginable. The below examples demonstrate that by studying at TCCG, you are taking your first steps on an epic journey of self-discovery and in some cases, all the way into outer space.
Careers into orbit
David Honess is a project manager at Astro Pi, and saw his work being used by UK astronaut Tim Peake up on the International Space Station (ISS).
He began his own incredible journey at St Ives School, before heading to Cornwall College in Camborne to complete a computer studies course.
“It’s a time in my life that I look back on with great fondness and affection,” he says.
“I made lifelong friends there who greatly influenced me and who I still keep in touch with now. The quality of the teaching was brilliant, we all looked up to and admired our teachers.”
Astro Pi worked on the Principia mission with the UK Space Agency and British astronaut Tim Peake to get two of its machines onto the ISS.
“We had school age kids from all over the UK write sensor-based software experiments that Tim ran on the ISS,” David explains.
“Seeing how engaged the kids became was amazing, they worked through their lunch breaks and were coming in after school to work on their code. I actually went out to Florida to watch the rocket launch, but seeing Tim holding the flight computer in space was mind-blowing.
“TCCG has launched many careers and it’ll do the same for you. You’ll also meet a lot of like-minded people and form friendships that you’ll come to rely on in the future.”
From the heights to the depths
Switching from space exploration to ocean exploration, Clare Marshall worked in the social work sector for more than a decade when she decided to completely change the direction of her career.
She had developed a passion for diving and gained her Master Scuba Dive Instructor qualifications, taking a position at the European Diving centre in Turkey. Whilst in Turkey she discovered DEKAMER Sea Turtle Conservation Project, which inspired her to enrol onto a Marine Science degree at Falmouth Marine School.
“When I was researching marine-based courses, Falmouth Marine School really stood out to me,” she explains.
“It is the perfect location to study marine biology, with the River Fal and several beaches just a stone’s throw away, it makes for the perfect outdoor classroom. The college provided so many opportunities to work with leading experts, which really enhanced my studies and presented future opportunities.”
One of those opportunities was a six week internship with DEKAMER, the very place which inspired her to follow a marine science career path.
“I was delighted when I discovered that you had to complete a work placement as part of the course,” she continues.
“I contacted DEKAMER immediately and couldn’t believe my luck when they offered me the summer internship. I am now a zooplankton taxonomist at Cefas, identifying zooplankton species from samples collected for government and commercial contracts. I love going to work each day, the degree course at Falmouth Marine School helped me change my career and get the job I always dreamed of.”
Specialising in quality
It is always interesting to see how initial steps into an area of interest can blossom into a fulfilling career. Toni Cobbett began her journey when she studied an Animal Management Diploma at Cornwall College Newquay.
“We had to do work experience as part of the course, which I did at Gover Valley Kennels. After finishing my course I started employment with the kennels and stayed there for a few years before my employer suggested approaching St Clement Veterinary Clinic to pursue my career of looking after animals,” she explains.
“Once I got a job at the vets I found out about the vet nursing course at Duchy College Rosewarne and decided it was an ideal stepping stone for me as I was already in practice. I really enjoyed the course as it was very hands-on rather than just being stuck in a classroom and learning from a book.”
Toni is now a registered veterinary nurse full-time at St Clement Veterinary Clinic, working out of all three of their practices.
National Careers Week can be the time you take those first steps on your dream career.
Contact TCCG on 0330 123 2523, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cornwall.ac.uk
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