Taking the next step to better her life

Taking the next step to better her life

15-April-2021
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A shining example of the impact of lifelong learning, Kirsty has been working as an adult learning tutor at Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales for two years. Before Kirsty became a tutor, she was a learner on one of our Counselling courses, a course which was a catalyst for her professional development. Having completed her degree and having her first child, Kirsty Jenkins found herself pondering ‘What’s next?’.

Kirsty says, “I felt that a future direction was missing, and so to help fill the gap, I enrolled on a Counselling Skills course with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales” “. . .After completing level 1, I attended the follow-on level 2 course and during one of those sessions discussed further potential progression routes. My tutor Andrew asked me what it was that I wanted to do in the future and I still had no idea! We then started discussing possible options based on my interests and I remember telling him that I loved the education environment and that if I could be a student for the rest of my life then I would. His exact words in response were “Why don’t you try coming around to the other side of the table and teaching?”. I can still hear that response in my head now as if it happened yesterday. I had no idea back then that his response would change my life. Teaching was something that I had never considered until then.”

Initially Kirsty’s interest lay in Counselling, but her passion for education was obvious to all. From this she progressed onto a PGCE course.

Kirsty adds, “I absolutely loved the course, and finally knew exactly what career I wanted to pursue.” Today, Kirsty is one of our tutors at Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, parting her knowledge and sharing her passion for learning with her learners.

[Nominator reflects,] Kirsty is an inspirational colleague and lifelong learner – a true example of how adult learning can take you to the places you really want to be and also an example of someone with the will and determination to get there and lead others to that place too!!. Kirsty is a natural adult learning ambassador and is hugely worthy of this nomination.

Congratulations on your nomination Kirsty, and best wishes from everyone at Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales.

To begin your learning journey and start a Counselling course, click here.

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