What made you choose Reigate College?
Once I’d been to the College Open Evening and Taster Day I knew Reigate College was the place for me. I opted to study Business, History, IT and Economics. I immediately noticed what a ‘grown up’ environment Reigate College offered. Unfortunately I had to pull out of College after the first 3 months due to some serious family issues. Staff at the College were extremely supportive throughout this whole period and I was allowed to come back and restart the following year. When I returned I felt ready to work hard and ‘give back’ to the College after the staff had been so good to me during some very difficult times.
I can honestly say that the College has the best standard of teaching that I’ve ever experienced and I loved all my classes.
How did Reigate College benefit your career?
In addition to my studies, I also took part in the Young Enterprise and Shares4Schools schemes. Young Enterprise was particularly beneficial and led to me taking part in a competition called Young Start-Up Talent, a team competition in which we finished runner-up.
Through the competition I was noticed by one of the judges, Matthew Tyson of Richard Place Dobson Chartered Accountants. I went on to do several weeks work experience with his firm, whilst completing my A Levels and was then awarded a full-time apprenticeship contract, which is where I am now! Young Start-up Talent and the work experience at Richard Place Dobson made me determined to achieve great results and I achieved A*, A and B in my A Levels.
None of this would have been possible without the support and guidance I received by staff at Reigate and it was a pleasure to return to the College recently to talk to students about getting involved in Business. Hopefully I might have inspired some of them too!
Left Reigate College: 2012