Emma Withers

Emma Withers

Before coming to college I worked full-time in a contact centre. There was no opportunity for career progression or development so I decided to change my career.


I had administration experience and I wanted to build on this and gain formal qualifications. I had never gone to university and had missed out on the “student experience”.


I was nervous starting college as a mature student. My lecturers were supportive which helped me settle in well and my confidence increased. I learned to work well in a team and improved my communication and IT skills.


I took part in a work experience placement with the College’s marketing team. This gave me valuable, real-life experience and an insight into a busy office. It also let me put some of my knowledge and skills into practice.


Taking the step to return to education as a mature student was difficult but staff at the College were very accommodating. I learned so much and met lots of new friends. I would recommend the College because they make learning accessible to everyone.
I am surprised, but very proud, to have won Student of the Year. I knew I had worked hard but didn’t expect this.


I still work part-time in a contact centre while studying HND Administration and IT at the Ayr Campus. I plan to study Business Administration at university, followed by a teaching qualification. My dream is to become a teacher.
Emma’s lecturer said

“Emma’s hard work, determination and positive attitude helped her to perform well in every area of her course. She has demonstrated many strengths, reflected in her course work, class participation and her successful work placement with our marketing department.
Emma’s positive attitude and drive encouraged and motivated others. She supported fellow students in the classroom through the mentoring program. This increased her confidence and should enhance her future career development and promotional prospects. Emma’s interpersonal, communication and time management skills are remarkable. I have no doubt she will continue to succeed.”