I had worked in Investment Banking for many years and was made redundant. I took a year off to rest and spend time with my family but when it came to looking for work I found I had lost confidence and the routine of the work environment was scary.
I decided the best approach was to update my IT skills. I had used them in the past but was self-taught, this way I was learning the skills from scratch via tutorials.
I found the course both fascinating and challenging and I was shocked with initially how tired it made me. It is so true that the brain is a muscle and you need to work it for a while to get back up to speed. I came to the centre every day and found my speed and memory improved greatly on a daily basis to the point where I completed all my modules earlier than the time scale allocated to me.
The tutors were wonderful, supportive, helpful and also good fun. The learning is not a school environment where you are micro managed and given a fixed timetable. You agree your own timetable and if you are tired you can leave when you feel you have had enough. You do however have communicate with them and attend when you say you will.
Within a day of finishing my course I started a new job in a local GP practice which I love. I have already been trained on two roles and am about to learn a third. I have continued looking at investment banking roles and have honed my interview skills and even got to final interview for a very challenging role for a Tier 1 bank. When the right role comes along I may well step back into that arena, the main thing is that I am ready and looking and happily working for the NHS in the meantime.
What I have found is that I have transferable skills and a lot of experience to offer the job market. I thank the tutors personally for that, for without the IT course I completed with SPS I may never have realised it.