What does Karishma think?
If you're considering a Higher Education course, but not sure if it's for you, read Karishma's story to hear her experience.
Karishma Gopall, age 28
"I’d been working full-time in a fast food restaurant, progressing from team member to store manager in a matter of years. I was really enjoying the job, but to go further in my career, I wanted to be able to get a business qualification to support my experience.
I knew I didn’t want to go to university. I wanted somewhere smaller; somewhere where I would get more 1:1 support, especially as I hadn’t studied the subject before. So I began looking at further education colleges. The Foundation Degree really appealed as it covered a broad range of subjects and I would also have an opportunity to complete a top-up year at the end to achieve a full honours degree.
"I wanted a course that would help me further my career. I've now secured a job as a Deputy Manager with Aldi."
I knew this needed to be the right decision as I’d moved from Mauritius at 18 to start an Engineering Degree, but half way through realised that the course wasn’t for me, so dropped out. Gaining a qualification was important and it also needed to help me progress my career in the future. The Foundation Degree in Business and Management ticked all the boxes so I applied.
There’s a diverse mix of people on the course and because the classes are much smaller, I’ve been able to get to know my tutors and the other students really well. There’s support if you need it and for me it’s sparked a real interest in operations management, which is where I see my career now going.
I’ve self-funded the course, which has been a challenge, but I think it’s also made me work harder too. And my hard work has paid off as I have now secured a job as a deputy manager with Aldi.
I really don’t think I would have achieved all I have without the course and the support of the tutors, and I’m really looking forward to my future career."