Ceri Goldring is currently studying BSc Occupational Therapy, but it wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she realised her calling:
“I never really knew what I wanted to do for a career until, when I was 35, I had started to apply for a technical instructor job in the occupational therapy department of a local hospital. I didn’t have the required experience, so never finished the application, but it did get me thinking. I realised that occupational therapy was the perfect career for me, so I looked in to what I needed to do to get there.
As I had been out of education for a long time, and didn’t have the relevant qualifications, I needed to do an Access course. I applied and was successful in getting a place on the Access to Health Professions course. Studying on the Access course certainly helped with getting back into the culture of studying and essay writing. I feel university would have been a bit of a shock without it.
Applying to UCAS was pretty stressful as I found it difficult to get into the mindset of self-promotion for the personal statement but with the help of my careers officer I did and it worked! I received offers from both my choices, and passed the criteria for my first choice, The University of Northampton.