I was 20 years old and working in a shoe shop in Reading when I contacted the National Careers Service for advice about starting university. At the time I was estranged from my family back home in Nigeria and wanted to better myself and improve my life prospects and my future in the UK.
I contacted the National Careers Service for advice about how to apply for university but also for to develop an understanding about the student loans service in England.
My careers adviser provided me with support deciding which course to apply for. She suggested that I label my top choices in terms of importance – 1 being least important to 10 being the most important. That really helped me to order my thoughts and see things more clearly. After the exercise, I was happy with my decision to study Finance and Accounting.
The next step was to apply for finance for me to study at university, which my adviser supported me with. My National Careers Service adviser gave me so much support, particularly with filling in the application form as it was so complex. Gratefully, I was awarded the highest level of finance, meaning she no longer had anxieties about how I would afford my degree course.
“I couldn’t thank my adviser enough.”
Following support from my adviser applying to universities, I was successful in being offered a conditional place to study Finance and Accounting, and I’m now planning to work for the summer months before starting at university in September 2019.
The National Careers Service provides free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market in England to anyone aged 13 and upwards.
To speak to a National Careers Service adviser, call 0800 100 900 or use our webchat (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week)