The foundation degree was a great foundation for my BA (Hons) in Business Studies, as topping it up at Uni didn't feel like a new start. The course work, e.g. Business Strategy, felt like I had only changed classes and tutors and obviously added more content. References were made of topics which had been covered in the foundation degree, which was comforting as initially I had feared there being an education gap, that would have required extra research and study, this was seamless.
Other modules I had to do, such as International Business though challenging, as a mature learner adapting was relatively easy. Business Research was quite similar to the Work based Module, we did with my tutor Ben at Coleg y Cymoedd.
While I was studying the foundation degree, I was working full-time as a Team Manager. At the time I chose the degree, as a means to enhance my knowledge in management, to enhance my position as I had been promoted to team manager based on work experience, with that in mind; I looked ahead and I thought should want to leave the business in future I needed some qualification to back myself with, not always having to start from the bottom.
Having 2 very active kids (academic and sporting activities) my weekends are almost always up and down the country going to competitions and training sessions, so self-discipline is key! I made use of any available help and guidance generously provided by tutors, taking heed of feedback from assignments, even the negative points (finding the positives from them).
I had to be anti-social for a while and I missed watching premier league football matches, replaced by watching under 10's, not exactly the same!!
I made a choice of working part-time and studying full time and was aided by my wife working full time, and my manager at the time agreeing to my request to work part-time.
My future aspirations include departmental management, and I am looking for new opportunities certainly!