In the lead-up to the Kilmarnock Campus graduation we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilmarnock graduation, there are 10 recipients in total.
First up is Sarah Kennedy, HNC Childhood Practice, who will receive the Student of the Year – Early Years Award.
Having my two children ignited an interest in working with kids. I decided it was the right time to build a career for myself and my family, so I applied for the NC Level 5 Early Education and Childcare course.
I had many concerns about coming to college, as I would need to organise childcare for my children and I would still need to work part-time, so my routines would completely change. I wasn’t sure how I would manage with juggling work, my studies and my family life.
The staff at the College were very supportive and I’m so happy that I took the leap three years ago to begin this career. As a mature student with two children, I found my whole experience was excellent and it’s enabled me to move forward onto university – which I never would have thought I could achieve.
I had three great years at Ayrshire College and every year of my course was interesting. I had three separate work placements for each year which was vital for me to put all I had learned academically in college into practice. It also allowed me to gain experience in the area of work where I hope to work once I have completed my studies.
I had to be organised throughout my studies and placements, and I feel like I’ve gained a lot of self-confidence as through all I have achieved at college it has allowed me to believe I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
My time at Ayrshire College has shown me that hard work and commitment can make you achieve whatever you set your heart on. I would highly recommend college to anyone wanting to study or have a change in career.
I’m now studying in the second year of a Childhood Studies university course and I’m looking forward to completing that and start a career within the childcare sector.