We first captured Nia’s story back in 2017 during Adult Learners Week. Nia reminded us that it’s never too late to learn. Here’s what she said to us back then:
“I didn’t excel in school due to being bullied and I almost dropped out but I have taken almost every opportunity in my working life to achieve what I didn’t when I should have! Lifelong learning is exactly as it says…taking opportunities throughout your life to learn new things, take on new challenges and pushing yourself to achieve higher goals. For me lifelong learning means a journey from barmaid to admin worker to development worker to youth employment mentor…pushing myself to go further and achieve more!!”
Let’s check in with how Nia is doing in 2020…
“As you know I didn’t do very well in school. I was really fortunate to find employment in a Local Authority, and since starting in 2009 I have completed many training courses. My biggest achievement was obtaining my NVQ L4 in advice and Guidance last year. My daughter watched on as I stood in my cap and gown to receive my award.
I now work with young people aged 16-24 years old, often youngsters who left school with nothing behind them. I think that having similarities and sharing my experiences often gives them hope that they can achieve too!
I also strongly advocate volunteering. If you want something enough, you’ll find a way. I found mine through actively looking and putting myself out there…don’t focus on not being paid, focus on the outcome 5 years down the line.”
Check out Nia’s video on CV writing tips by clicking HERE!