“Keep working hard and you can achieve anything.” Former student Natasha shares her top tips for getting the most out of your course.
As we look back on 130 years of Calderdale College, we have interviewed former students to see where they are now and to hear their advice for landing your dream career.
Natasha works as a support worker at Hepdene House, a care home that provides support to individuals with a learning disability and other associated complex needs. This role is her “biggest achievement” and she credits her time at Calderdale College for helping her land her dream job!
Whilst Natasha was at the College, she studied Childcare and Health and Social Care at Level 2 with a focus on Preparing for Adult Social Care and Dementia and Learning Disabilities. Upon finishing these courses, she went to an employment workshop run by specialist autism services organisation where they prepared her for the role she is in now.
“I was originally on a temporary contract which then got extended into a permanent position and I have been here for six years now which is my proudest achievement”, she said.
Reflecting on her time at the College, a memorable moment for her was when she was nominated at the annual student awards ceremony. She explained: “I was nominated for an award during my time at college and, although I didn’t win, it was nice to be nominated and recognised!”.
“If I could do my time at College differently, I would always ask for help when I needed it and not struggle on my own to try and prove myself. The tutors were more than happy to help and were incredibly supportive throughout my journey.”
She added: “My advice to students, especially those who are on the Autism spectrum and are doing mainstream courses, is you can do it and it’s ok to ask for help! You can prove to yourself and others you can do anything you want, just with a bit of support. Keep working hard and you can achieve anything!”