Twenty-two year old Craig Burns had one goal in mind when he applied to study Humanities at West College Scotland – to better his future. Now, with an access course and a work placement behind him, Craig is set to embark on a university course and move one step closer to his dream career. 

Previously working on an IT Service Desk, Craig had aspirations to pursue a job in law as it was a subject which interested him and he liked how it could open up a “wide range of career options”. Craig chose to study at West College Scotland’s Paisley campus as this allowed him to be a part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme, which links with hundreds of degree courses at partner universities. Stating that he wanted to gain the knowledge and skills required to pursue his vocation, Craig says that college completely surpassed his expectations and taught him more than he ever thought it would. He continues, saying that his lecturers were friendly and helpful, his classmates were down-to-earth and friendly, and the college itself had excellent facilities and was in a convenient location.

It greatly prepared me for my time at University

Similarly, Craig would recommend his course to others, saying:

Not only is the course a gateway to a wide scope of possible futures, but is of great interest to anyone who wonders why society functions the way it does. This course offers invaluable knowledge for a deeper understanding of the world.

Craig put everything into his studies whilst at West College Scotland and jumped at the chance to do some work experience when the opportunity arose. Working on placement in the property department at Burness Paull was an eye-opener for Craig, who admits that he was thrown in the deep end, but also says

It was an experience I’m grateful for.

Having worked on a whole range of tasks during his week at Burness Paull, including contracts, case studies, client meetings and site visits, Craig now feels at ease with the prospect of working in a law firm.

It quelled my fears on whether this was the career for me. If I’m lucky, I might be back there again.

Not only did Craig experience life in a law firm during his placement, but he also expanded his knowledge of the profession, received advice from the team at Burness Paull and he built up a network of contacts within the industry.

Despite being undecided as to which route he would like to go down, Craig is currently preparing to further his learning at university, still with the hope of beginning a career in law in the not too distant future. We have no doubt that Craig will excel at university and wish him luck for his studies and his future career.

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