By the time most of her former classmates from sixth form college were coming to the end of their second term at university Heather Findlay had already landed a job in journalism.
Heather, 19, left Brockenhurst College in Hampshire with straight As in her A Levels, but decided university was not for her.
“I really wanted to be a journalist and I wanted to make a start as soon as I possibly could,” said Heather.
Heather found the fastest route into an intensively competitive occupation was to take a fast-track NCTJ course. She started the course at Up To Speed in September, 2010 and took her last exams in February, 2011.
However, she combined the second half of the course with freelance work at Medavia, a news and features agency in Bristol.
After a trial period with Medavia, Heather impressed her employers with her ability to dig out and cover a range of features and she was offered a permanent job at the end of March.
“I am really pleased that it has all worked out for me and that my decision to do something different, and not just follow all my friends to university, has paid off,” said Heather.
There are still spaces on Up To Speed’s course in September, 2011 if you have been inspired by Heather’s story.
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