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Bet­ty — Graph­ic Design BA (Hons) Top-up Degree

Graduation 2022-Betty (far right)

I’d cel­e­brat­ed oth­er peo­ple’s grad­u­a­tions but only ever dreamt of it being me wear­ing that gown. 

Graph­ic Design Degree — 

Choosing the right career path isn’t always easy and sometimes it takes a few tries before finding the best fit for you. This was the case for 26-year-old Betty, who discovered the right course here at College.

She’s now grad­u­at­ed with a Graph­ic Design BA (Hons) Top-up Degree under her belt and is hap­pi­ly work­ing in a job that she loves (pic­tured above, far right). 

She explains:

I tried A Lev­els and an Appren­tice­ship, but nei­ther felt like the right path for me. I did some trav­el­ling and when I returned to the UK, I knew I want­ed to get some bet­ter qual­i­fi­ca­tions. That’s when I enrolled at Col­lege on an Access to HE course.” 

The benefits of studying degree-level at College

Every­thing felt a lot more per­son­al and less intim­i­dat­ing than a tra­di­tion­al uni set­ting. The class sizes are sig­nif­i­cant­ly small­er, and you get so much more con­tact with tutors and staff.” 

The course

I enjoyed meet­ing new peo­ple, being able to study in the city and learn­ing about top­ics I knew noth­ing about before.” 

What is it about graphic design that interests you?

For me, it’s about cre­at­ing some­thing with a pur­pose, some­thing that is impact­ful and tells a sto­ry. I love the psy­chol­o­gy behind graph­ic design and the impact that dif­fer­ent ele­ments have on the consumer.” 

Why was it important for you to gain a degree?

Betty at her Graduation ceremony in November 2021.

With­out a degree I felt that so many doors were closed to me. I felt stuck in a rut and that I did­n’t have any of the rel­e­vant skills to push me for­ward in life to get to where I want­ed to go.” 

Juggling studies with a busy family life

I became a mum at the end of the sec­ond year of my degree, and my daugh­ter was three months old when I start­ed back on my final year. My tutors were noth­ing but sup­port­ive of me and did every­thing they could to help me and enable me to reach the fin­ish line. 

It was def­i­nite­ly the hard­est thing I’ve ever done men­tal­ly, I had to jug­gle being a par­ent, study­ing for a degree, look­ing after my home and men­tal health and there were many times I felt like giv­ing up. Had the staff at the Col­lege not been as sup­port­ive as they were I don’t know if I would have been able to fin­ish the course at all.” 

How did it feel to graduate?

Grad­u­at­ing was sur­re­al for me. It was the first time in my life I felt proud of some­thing I had achieved, I actu­al­ly cried dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny before I went on stage. I think it was just a moment of real­i­sa­tion that I had actu­al­ly made it to that point, I had cel­e­brat­ed oth­er peo­ple’s grad­u­a­tions and only ever dreamt of it being me wear­ing that gown and wait­ing to go on stage. 

 — Bet­ty

Future plans

Once the course fin­ished, I went straight into a very var­ied role as an office man­ag­er for a Not­ting­ham-based com­pa­ny, where I get to use the skills I acquired through the course. I man­age the web­site, social media and all mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als for the busi­ness that I work for. I have full cre­ative free­dom across our online plat­forms and get to redesign things like leaflets and busi­ness cards. 

I real­ly love the job and want to stay and grow with the com­pa­ny. Even­tu­al­ly, I’d like to start a small free­lanc­ing graph­ic design busi­ness that I can run along­side my cur­rent role.” 

If you’re inter­est­ed in a degree-lev­el course, to help kick-start your career like Bet­ty, why not take a look at our range of cours­es? From Foun­da­tion Degrees and BA (Hons) Top-ups, to High­er Nation­al Cer­tifi­cates and Diplo­mas. There’s sure to be a pro­gramme to suit you.

Why not come along to our next High­er Edu­ca­tion (HE) Open Evening?