Kilmarnock Graduation 2019: Student of the Year for Business, Administration and Accounts
This will show my son that if you work hard you can achieve anything that you put your mind to
Amanda Findlay, HND Accounting
After working in retail, I made the decision to change my career. I have always enjoyed working with numbers, spreadsheets and accounts, so decided to pursue this further.
I was apprehensive about attending college as a mature student as it had been a number of years since I was in education. It turn out I didn’t need to worry!
I feel I have grown as a person during my college experience. I noticed I had a lot more confidence and found myself doing things I would have been too nervous to do before.
My IT skills have really improved, and I feel a lot more confident working with computers.
The course involved Graded Unit projects, Advanced IT, Auditing and Law. I actually found the Graded Unit project the most enjoyable part of the course. I was so proud and happy when it was complete and handed in.
When the letter came through the post to let me know I’d won the award, I was speechless and in shock. There were so many amazing hardworking students in my class and to have been chosen for this award is an honour.
Winning will make a big difference to my confidence as well as looking good on my CV. It will show my son that if you work hard you can achieve anything that you put your mind to.
Ayrshire College is a great place to study. The staff have all been welcoming, friendly and willing to help with any issues.
I am currently volunteering with the Ayrshire Credit Union as a Finance Volunteer. I wanted a bit of experience before looking for a permanent job and this role gives me practical finance and administration experience.
My plans are to continue to gain experience so that I can work full-time in the finance sector.