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His foundation degree brought Alex back to education for the
first time in more than 20 years. Age 40, he lived in Vienna for 15
years where he worked in the events industry, but then moved to the
UK and took a job in the construction industry.
He said: “It just wasn’t me. So I went to a careers advisor at
the college and looked at what I’d done before and what I liked
doing, and this course came out. Although I have a lot of
experience, in this day and age everybody is looking for a
Doing the course brought Alex back to education and enabled him
to turn his experience into a qualification, as well as developing
his IT skills.
He said: “I found it really good, having not been in education
since I was a kid, it was good to get guided and because it was a
small group you could ask questions.”
After completing the course, Alex went on to top up his
foundation degree to an honours degree at Coventry University. Now
he has moved into financial trading and is taking a two-month
course for a company which he then hopes to work for, based in
Canary Wharf in London.
He added: “Being at college has really motivated me. Once I have
been doing this for a couple of years I would really like to move
back to Vienna, where my family is, and set up a trading school. I
will still continue trading, but also teach it.”
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Lucy, from Byfield in Oxfordshire came to college after doing A
levels. She said: “I chose Warwickshire College because it was the
best college for the course I wanted to do. The atmosphere at
college is nice, It’s very mature – for me it’s more like a
university than a sixth form.
“I knew what course I wanted, but I didn’t want to go to
university because I didn’t want to get into all the debt.”
As part of their course all students are expected to do a work
placement. Lucy has been based in the Marketing department of
She explained: “It’s been absolutely invaluable. Everything I
have done in the office I have never tried before. Just being in an
office environment, and talking to people at the level of
colleagues was a new experience. It’s given me a lot more
confidence and I have learned skills I could carry on to other
Speaking about the course, she added: “It was challenging but
good, and I really liked the lectures, they taught me a lot, and
the lecturers are really friendly There are a variety of
assessments – not just exams. Normally if you’re not good at exams
it’s a problem, but this course gives everyone a fair
As well as and exams, students are assessed through written
work, Powerpoint presentations and two events which they have to
organise themselves. Lucy, who would eventually like to run her own
business, is continuing at Warwickshire College to do a top-up
course in Strategic Business Management, which will lead to her
graduating with a full degree.
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