Preparing for her third major career change, Alison is looking forward to doors opening on another chapter of her life. Fascinated by wildlife and their habitats, she is using our Access to HE course as a stepping stone to our BSc Degree in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. Originally a draughtswoman with a water facilities company, Alison retrained as a sports and holistic therapist and had a successful 12 year career in that field. During that time she successfully completed as a triathlete and represented GB.
After spending the last two years helping her partner renovate their home, Alison felt ready for a new challenge and decided to study subjects which really interest her. She has been hugely supported by her partner and by her two grown-up children, both of whom have university backgrounds. During her course she has handled pigs, cows and sheep on the College Farm and has handled and observed the behaviour of companion and exotic species in our Animal Centre. Crucially, she has found that completing assignments has become easier thanks to the support she receives from her lecturers, learning support staff and our excellent library.
She is now looking forward to working in more depth for her degree and would eventually like to work abroad on conservation projects. “I never thought I’d be back at college,” says Alison, who made a conscious decision to come out of education when she left school at 17.