Pamela Hunter

Pamela Hunter
Pamela Hunter - Admin Assistant

An administration role in Forth Valley College's Business Development Department was the perfect fit for a student who graduated with a relevant FVC qualification.

Pamela Newlands (25) from Falkirk, completed her NC Administration in June 2015

Pamela, said: “I work as an Administration Assistant within the Business Development Department. I chose to study at Forth Valley College because friends of mine had previously studied here and spoke very highly of the College. It was also easy for me to travel to and everyone was very supportive of the fact I was an adult learner returning to education after five years raising a child and working part time.

“At first it was hard to adjust to the adult learning environment, however the lecturers were amazing. If I ever had an issue I could talk it out with the lecturers. They were very supportive and pushed me to reach my potential.

“My experience of studying at the College has benefited me tremendously. Studying at Forth Valley College allowed me to become more confident, knowledgeable, experienced and it also allowed me to make great network connections for the future.

“Forth Valley College has supported me greatly with my career ambitions. Originally my goal was to complete my HNC in Administration and then progress on to an Administrative role. However during my time studying for a NC, a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration became available within the Business Development Department, which one of my lecturers suggested I apply for.

“I was slightly apprehensive as a Modern Apprenticeship was not originally what I set out to do. Also the start date of the apprenticeship would conflict with me completing my NC and also push back my plans to study for a HNC. After considering all options it was too good an opportunity not to go for it.

“During the interview I expressed my concerns and was delighted when I found out that my future employer would support me in completing my NC in Administration. Thankfully I was successful with my interview and happily accepted. From this I have now completed both my NC and my Modern Apprenticeship and have secured a temporary post within the department.

“Management and colleagues have been very supportive of my studies and have even encouraged me to study my HNC part-time in the evenings, which I am hoping to complete by June 2019. I am also studying towards completing my ECDL which I started during my apprenticeship and am due to complete this by June 2016.

“I would recommend the College as there are more opportunities available than just studying. Attending college allows you to make connections and discover things that you may not have known. The best bit for me was completing my NC whilst undertaking my SVQ 2. I am proud of myself for doing so.”