Jeannette Moore is 35 and lives with her husband and three children in Merthyr Tydfil. She left school at 16 years of age and became a full time mum but returned to formal education in her early 30’s. Jeannette always knew that she wanted to work with children but felt she lacked any formal qualifications to pursue a meaningful career.
When her youngest child was 4 years old she studied a level 3 CACHE course in Childhood Studies through her local Integrated Children’s Centre. Through this course she found employment as a Leaning Support Assistant in a local school.
After completing her level 3 qualification Jeannette had heard that she was able to pursue a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies at her local college in Merthyr Tydfil. She popped along to one of the college open days, picked up a prospectus and hasn’t looked back. In September 2011 she enrolled on a two year Foundation Degree.
As part of the Foundation Degree course Jeannette was required to undertake relevant work experience. As she worked as a Learning Support Assistant she was able to use her employment to fulfil her work experience requirements. Admittedly, Jeannette states that it was hard juggling work, family and study but through the support of her peers at the college and the convenience of being able to study locally she was able to progress. Jeannette found that being around other students increased her confidence as they were willing to help motivate and support one another. Her cohort set up a Facebook support page as a forum where they were able to share experiences, discuss ideas and provide that all important motivation. Attending college helped to increase Jeannett’s confidence and self-belief which she felt encouraged her to go on to learn to drive and pass her driving test.
Jeannette successfully completed her Foundation Degree and attended her graduation ceremony at the University campus. Jeannette then subsequently went on to complete a ‘top-up’ year in her chosen area at the University of South Wales Glyntaff campus. Speaking about the transition from studying in her local college to studying at the University campus Jeannette found it both encouraging and reassuring that she was able to learn, progress and move forward with her fellow peers and friends as a group with whom she had studied with previously.
Jeannette graduated with a degree in Childhood Studies in 2015. Her family and children were able to join her in celebrating her achievements. She feels that she has been a role model for her own children especially as her eldest daughter is currently completing her A Levels with the hope of going to university.
In the future Jeannette would like to return to education to complete a PGCE teaching qualification and work with young parents and families.
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