EDWARD Hill starts a new job next week. He will be working for a large company specialising in security and fire detection equipment, where his role as a business development consultant will see him covering a large region across central England.
The new job is a fulfilment of a longstanding interest in business for Edward but as he explains, it came as a result of combining part-time study with employment.
“My interests have always been in business and sport. I left school to study for a BTEC Diploma in Sports Science, which gave me the vocational equivalent of three A-Levels. At the end of my course I was lucky enough to be offered a job at college, where I worked as a sports technician.
Like many responsible employers, Stafford College encourages its employees to develop their careers through further study, training and qualifications. Edward was invited to study for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and because it was delivered over one afternoon and evening each week, I was able to fit it around my job. It gave me a much better understanding of business and developed my confidence.”
Having graduated from his business course, Edward went on to take a teaching qualification and moved from a technician role into teaching at the college, first in the sports department and more recently in foundation learning where he combined his love for sport by coaching a team of his students to success in the Ability Counts football league.
“Moving into the next stage of my career I know that the HNC in Business played a huge part in my success. Not only did it open doors for me at Stafford College but it also qualified me for my new role. The course gave me a really good understanding of the way that businesses work, helped me to develop skills in strategic planning and ensured that I was able to manage my own time effectively.
“I would recommend part-time study to anyone in employment. It means that you can progress your career more quickly by combining improved qualifications with work experience. Of course, the other advantage is that you are continuing to earn while you learn!”