If you want to pick up some new skills, then take inspiration from Stockton Riverside College student Michaela.
The 26-year-old is working on her sixth distance learning course at the College, at the same time as studying for a level 2 qualification, and then there’s the day job!
It’s a hectic workload for the care worker from Stockton, but she tell us: “I don’t like to be bored.”
With a massive commitment and enthusiasm for her studies, there’s little chance of that.
Always keen to broaden her skillset, Michaela heard about the distance learning courses available through the College while working towards her NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care.
The College delivers a variety of free distance learning opportunities for anyone aged 19 or above, offering the chance to gain a recognised qualification while working from home.
Michaela said: “They are a great way of developing my skills and every time I finish one there is another that I want to do.”
Already with a degree in crime scene science from Teesside University, she clearly isn’t afraid of hard work.
So far, she has achieved Level 2 qualifications in Equality and Diversity, Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infections in the Health Care Setting, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication and End of Life Care. She is now studying Understanding Nutrition and Health.
“All of the courses feed in to either my NVQ or develop my skills at work,” she said.
Hoping to go on to study her Level 3 in Health and Social Care, a nursing degree is also on her wish-list.
Looking back on that first distance learning course in Equality and Diversity, she said: “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but once I got into it, it was fine.”
In fact, Michaela has pretty much exceeded all of her deadlines, completing the courses in super quick time.
Happy to recommend the programmes to others, she said: “They are good if you are a more mature person who has not been in education for quite a while. They are a good way to get back into education.”
She said: “It has helped me to develop within my employment as they have proved that I am willing to learn and also increased my knowledge in care.”
For more details about our full range of distance learning courses visit: www.stockton.ac.uk/courses/distance-learning/