Annette Ballantyne from Grangemouth got down to business to secure her dream job after studying at Forth Valley College.
Annette (48) graduated with an HND Business qualification and also won the Most Promising Student in the Department of Business at FVC’s 2017 graduation ceremony.
She said: “I was a senior supervisor position at William Simpsons where I managed a unit which had 17 residents with varying needs such as alcohol dependency and mental health issues. But I have since moved on to become a care coordinator at Allied Healthcare in Dunfermline and this is the type of job I was aiming for when I was at college.
“Here I can combine my social care experience and skills with my newly acquired business knowledge, so the goal has now been achieved. I am really excited about this new step in my career.
“The HND Business course appealed to me as it contained a varied selection of subjects and topics that interested me and I knew would challenge me mentally. Initially I chose this course as I was looking to leave the social care sector. But, as I progressed through the first year and early into the second year, I realised I did not want to lose the experience I had gained within this sector. I decided to combine my existing knowledge with my newly gained business knowledge, and further my career within the operational side of the social care sector.
“The lecturers within the Business Department are fabulous individuals who are so knowledgeable with all the subjects they teach within the course. They ensured that all lectures provided all the information that was needed and more and these lectures were delivered in different styles, ensuring that a loss of attention didn’t happen.
“All the lecturers were very supportive, very approachable and were always available and happy to help if questions needed to be asked or support was needed, both during classes and outwith timetabled time. They were always on hand to reassure when needed. The facilities at both Falkirk and Alloa provided everything that was required for student life.
“I now have a greater understanding of the culture and behavior of a business and how this affects the behavior of the staff and how to deal with these issues. This will aid me greatly within my current work role and in the future as my career progresses. Through gaining my HND Business, I now have the confidence and knowledge to pursue a career in the operational side of the social care sector with a view to be running my own service within 3-5 years.
“I would recommend everyone to attend college at some point in their life as learning is such a fulfilling experience. Not only do you learn new subjects and topics, but you also learn a lot about yourself. My advice would be ‘the more you put in the more rewarding the experience will be’ and most importantly to enjoy every minute!”
Anyone looking to find out more about Business courses at Forth Valley College should call 01324 403000.