We first met Suzy at the end of 2011. She was relatively new to the area and at something of a crossroads, having been through some recent life changes. At that point she had worked in the beauty and retail sectors and had qualified as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages but was now looking for a career which combined her talents with her life experience.
She knew exactly what she wanted to do as her ideal job but wasn’t sure how possible it would be to achieve – she wanted to be a Counsellor.
Suzy was delighted to discover that as she was unemployed at the time, many of the courses offered by Skills & Learning would be fully funded for her. She promptly enrolled on Introduction to Counselling Skills and Counselling Skills Theory courses and after successfully completing both of those, went on to achieve her Counselling Skills Level 2 and 3 certificates the following year.
Having decided that she was definitely on the right career path and that nothing was going to stand in her way, she decided to apply for an Adult Learning Loan in order to continue with her studies even further – and has now almost completed her Level 3 Life Coaching Skills course. Not satisfied with this though, in the last academic year Suzy has also gained qualifications in the areas of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness, whilst at the same time refreshing her Maths skills.
When we caught up with Suzy recently she was very enthusiastic about the future and confident that she will be able to start working as a self employed Life Coach, just as soon as she achieves her qualification in the summer. She very generously credits Skills & Learning with helping her to achieve her career goals, saying that attending courses had not only helped her to gain new skills and qualifications but had had also opened up social networks to her, giving her the opportunity to meet people, make new friends and get more involved in the community.
However – she saved the most exciting news to the last!!!
Not only has she been extremely busy studying, but she told me that she has also found the time to write a romantic fiction novel called ‘Johari’s Window’, which is a tale of obsession and unrequited love with the story of the making of a writer running alongside.
‘Johari’s Window’ has been accepted for publication and although Suzy hasn’t got a publication date yet, she has pledged to donate 100% of the royalties of her first 100 book sales to ‘Women’s Aid’ – the leading national charity which supports survivors of domestic abuse. In addition, 10% of royalties from all successive sales will be donated to ‘Women’s Aid’ too.
I think the last word needs to be left to Suzy:
She said ‘Skills and Learning has given me my confidence back. It has been rather like throwing a pebble into a pool and stepping back and watching the ripple effect, which has had an enormously positive impact in every area of my life.’
Since writing this Suzy has gone from strength to strength:
Her latest book has just completed the copy edit stage, and the Art Director is in the process of designing the cover of the book in preparation for a book launch- sometime in September. She has also received a letter from Forward Poetry saying they are re-publishing her poem “Crystal” in a new anthology called “Celebrations – A Collection Of Poetry”, due out on 31st October this year!
Wow! Well done Suzy!