Facing redundancy after thirteen years in the electronic industry, thirty-four year old John Lindsay from Port Glasgow was presented with the perfect opportunity that would allow him to take his career in a new direction, allowing him to pursue something that he loved.

 John said, “Being made redundant from a job that I had done for so long was unsettling but it gave me the push I needed to take the plunge and do something different. At that time my children were young, I loved spending time with them; planning activities for them and teaching them both new things, this got me thinking about a career in Childcare.

After a bit of research I decided to enrol at College to study NC Early Education and Childcare. Going back to study as a mature student who had been away from education for over thirteen years was a bit nerve-racking especially doing something that entirely new to me.

For the first couple of days I was a bit apprehensive but that quite quickly changed – I was in class full of girls so they were all very welcoming. The first year was certainly testing in terms of coursework – it took me a while to get my head around studying again which was made a bit harder by the fact that I had kids running around at home. The College were really supportive and helped with childcare by providing a nursery place for my daughter; this was a great help and made life easier.

For me the best bit about the NC and HNC courses was being out on placement. It gave me a real insight into what a job in childcare really entailed and allowed me to put into practice the theory learned in class – it made it all click into place.

Since Graduating in the 2011, John has gone on to enjoy a successful career in childcare, working as an out of school care childcare worker, working with children within local schools and now securing a permanent contract as an Early Years Education and Childcare Officer with the Inverclyde council.

John said, “I was really lucky to secure a job straight from College. I used my first job as a stepping stone, building in my confidence and experience before going on to my current role.

I’d encourage anyone contemplating going back to study to do it. It’s been a big gamble but it’s definitely been a gamble worth taking and it’s certainly proved to be a good decision for me long term.”