“When I left school, I went straight into a job with Connections Scotland in Inverkeithing. They’re a soft furnishings and interior design company.
“My employer wanted me to have something to work towards that would be relevant to the industry, so I applied to study National Certificate: Architecture and Interior Design at the College – but I ended up going straight onto HNC: 3D Interior Design. That was last year and now I’m on the HND.
“I thought I might struggle with the work on the HNC but I made it through quite well. There was a step up to the work on the HND, but I think we’re all getting through it!
“I’m in college three days a week, and I work three days a week. Being at college while working has really helped me. On both sides, really.
"My job helps me with the things I’m doing at college and the course helps me with the things I’m doing at work. All the people at my work are still learning, too, so it’s a supportive environment there, as well as at college.
“Studying at college is so different to being at school. You’ve so much more freedom and I’m always happy to be here – it never feels forced.
“The HND is project based, with no exams. We’re assessed on sketchbooks and presentations for each project.
"Within that, there are three stages; first you analyse the brief, stage two is sketchbook work and development, and stage 3 is reflecting and presenting – sometimes this is to the lecturers and sometimes to a larger group.
"It’s good that it gives you the experience of speaking and presenting in front of a group of people.
“I’m happy working where I do now – and if the opportunity arises for more study or qualifications, I’ll do that.”