We caught up with James Evans at our 2018 summer graduation ceremony who told us about his learning journey. James studied Foundation Degree Business Studies at our partner college Coleg y Cymoedd before progressing to the University of South Wales to complete his top-up BA (Hons) Business Studies.
"I left school straight after A-levels and started a modern apprenticeship as a Customer Service Engineer with my current employers, Openreach. I had been employed by the company for about 12 years as an Operations manager when I wanted to progress to further roles within the company. I had undertaken some short career-related courses, but felt a higher education course would be more suitable in the long term. After researching, I found the perfect course in my local college, Coleg y Cymoedd. I was able to study the Foundation degree Business Studies part-time.
This meant that I could fit studying around my fulltime job and family. The lecturers really appreciated my background, in that I hadn’t studied for a long time and that I had other commitments such as a job and family. They made a real effort to support me through my studies. After I completed the foundation degree, I progressed to the University of South Wales to study the top-up year for the BA (Hons) Business Studies. It’s been a long but worthwhile journey. I have now had the opportunity to progress to other roles at work, where I am currently on secondment as a Senior Operations manager. I would really recommend studying in this way as it offers a good balance to continue working, studying and having a family. You do have to be prepared to put in the effort to balance everything, but it is manageable."