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Life after TLI - Leigh's story

We caught up with former TLI student Leigh recently.  Leigh completed her foundation degree and BA (Hons) top-up degree with The Learning Institute.  

Name: Leigh

Course: FdA Teaching and Learning, BA (Hons) Professional Practice top-up degree

Year of graduation: 2020 and 2021


Tell us a bit about what you are doing now?

For the time being I am still in the same job but slowly applying for jobs now that the studying is done!

How did you find the process of returning to education/study?

I was just turning 40, so it was incredibly daunting, scary, and I doubted myself through the whole process!! Once I was in class and met my classmates and first tutor, my nerves settled, and I could look forward to the big change.

How has your life changed since you graduated?

No more assignments! It has given me the confidence to try and go for the jobs that I wouldn’t have previously. I can use what I've learnt in my work and with my children, developing my skill set further.

What did/do you enjoy most about studying for your degree?

You study what interests you, though this is questioned when a deadline lingers! Without a doubt one of the best things that will help you through is your peers. You will message each other at midnight, crying, laughing and helping each other through. I've made 11 friends for life!

The different tutors bring different views from their own experiences and help you question and challenges your own thoughts.

What was your biggest challenge during your study and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was studying whilst working full time. The first few months I was blagging my way. I soon realised you need to be strict with yourself and have a plan and use all offers of help!

What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about going back to education? 

Definitely do it! If I can, anyone can! Be strict, have a schedule and the sooner you do it the easier it will be. I questioned myself a lot but with each passing assignment my confidence grew and looking back I quite enjoyed it. Believe in yourself!