Nicola’s first contact with Inspira and the National Careers Service was at a point when she was very unhappy in her career.   

I felt quite upset with what I was doing career-wise, knowing there was no chance for me to progress,” said Nicola. “I was worried I would stay that way until retirement. I knew I desperately wanted change, and to follow my dreams but I had no idea how to go about it. 

Nicola’s session with careers advisor, Jane Wann, helped Nicola to identify her goals and to plan the actions she would need to take to achieve them.   

Jane made me believe in myself and see my worth, and my valuable skills and qualities. 

Jane was able to help Nicola further when the College she was studying at closed due to COVID 19.  Nicola needed to gain a level 2 qualification in Maths to get onto the degree course but could no longer do this.  Jane referred Nicola to an alternative learning provider (PHX Morecambe) and she is now on track to achieve this qualification.   

"The support also doesn't end at your first point of contact,” says Nicola. “Jane has continued to provide support and advice to me throughout my journey with regards to uni and functional skills, which has been amazing, and I will always be grateful for that. I really feel supported’.     

Nicola starts university in September and is on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a registered adult nurse. 

Nicola would encourage anyone thinking of contacting NCS, ‘to absolutely do it, don't delay. ‘The National Careers Service has helped me greatly in deciding which direction I want my life to go.  Jane helped me to see my worth, and that my work and life experiences are something to be valued, and that they do count.  I can say it is absolutely the best decision I have made during adulthood. I have no regrets.

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