With more than 30 years’ experience working in recruitment, Krista, 48, from East London, was no stranger to hard-work and dedication. However, after retiring from the industry in 2018, she was looking for a new challenge doing something she was passionate about, working with young people and exploring charity work within her local community.

Despite having two decades of experience in teaching and a host of other qualifications, Krista quickly realised that she needed more specific qualifications to progress to where she wanted to be.

She said: “When switching careers I quickly realised that what I had was mostly irrelevant. I had a period of several months off post-retirement, due to ill health and I used that time to educate myself and get qualified.”

After hearing about distance learning courses at Stockton Riverside College from a friend, despite the distance, she was able to complete three courses in total including, Information, Advice & Guidance, Safeguarding and Prevent and Understanding Mental Health in Children & Young People all from the comfort of her own home.

Krista added: “Having these additional qualifications meant I secured work easily and I’ve never looked back! The flexibility of the system meant it was easy to work around work and family life. I could log on and do the work at times that suited me and my assessors were so communicative and helpful!”

Since completing her courses, Krista is now a Youth & Community Specialist and also a successful children’s author, teaching young children about the importance of awareness and being prepared using a team called ‘The Danger Squad’.

Krista’s books are currently available on Amazon.

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