Joe Donovan is a 1st year student studying a Level 3 Business qualification, which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. He hails from Kirkby Lonsdale and chose Kendal College mainly because of its reputation and links with employers & universities.
AM: Why did you choose this course?
Joe: Business is a subject I’ve always been really interested in. The course at College looked to be a lot more comprehensive and lead to far more opportunities than if I had studied the same course elsewhere, or done it alongside other subjects at sixth form.
AM: Why did you choose Kendal College?
Joe: Kendal College is one of the best colleges in the UK so it seemed like a good choice locally. The College’s links and reputation with employers and universities also made it an attractive choice in terms of making sure I had plenty of opportunities after I had finished the course.
AM: Is college like you had expected. If not, why?
Joe: I expected college to be the same as school but it’s a lot different, the environment is a lot more professional and you’re left to get on with work how you find easiest.
AM: What do you most enjoy about college life?
Joe: Being able to focus on a specific subject is really good in terms of developing my skills and knowledge for business as much as I possibly can.
AM: What opportunities have you had as a student at the College?
Joe: The Business course has led to me gaining work experience with the NHS and Gilkes in the purchasing and stores departments. These work experience placements led to me developing an interest in Supply Chain Management and I am now studying for another Level 3 qualification in this in parallel to Level 3 Business. We also regularly go on trips and have guest speakers from various organisations such as the EY accountants and The Chamber of Commerce. These are really good opportunities to find out more about the business environment and learn more about what careers are available to us when we leave.
AM: What is the teaching style like on your course?
Joe: Tutors all have different teaching styles which is really good for making sure everyone gets something from the lessons. Sometimes it will be like a lecture and we will work through slides on a subject, which I find really useful, but other times we will do group activities which others prefer.
AM: Can you describe a typical day at college?
Joe: Normally we start lessons around eleven and finish at five, but most of the time we come in earlier to meet up with friends and work on any assignments or group projects we have. Lessons vary from day to day but typically we have an hour of tutorial which is a bit like PSHE but with a business context, for example at the beginning of the year we learnt about trading stocks and shares.
AM: How would you describe your college experience so far?
Joe: College has been really packed full of great opportunities so far like the work placements and trips. Being able to focus on a specific subject has also been really good and a big change from school.
AM: What are you hoping to do after college?
Joe: After college I’m hoping to go straight into employment or an apprenticeship, in project management or supply chain management.
AM: What facilities do you use regularly at the College?
Joe: The Learning Centre and University Hub are really useful facilities for doing work before lessons and working on assignments.
AM: If you could give one piece of advice to people considering college, what would it be?
Joe: Lots of schools don’t make the benefits of college clear and don’t discuss the full variety of courses that are available so make sure you know what opportunities are available to you before you decide where to go after GCSE’s.
If Joe has prompted an interest in the Business Department @ Kendal College, we offer a fantastic range of courses. Start your future on our website.
The interview was conducted by Adele Mundy, the College’s Student Services Manager.