About you and background
I am Ruth Bridge age 43, Wife for 18 years, mother of 2 boys aged 15 and 12. Currently studying year 2 of the Foundation Degree in Business Studies.
I have worked in retail, public, private and currently the voluntary sector.
I have been employed by the Parent Network for 6 years. My position is the Parent Forum Development Manager. I manage a team of 4 support workers and 26 volunteers. The Parent Network works with Parents and Carers throughout Caerphilly Borough ensuring they have a voice by consulting with them on any services, strategies that will impact them and their families. We have 24 forums run weekly in the borough.
What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I called a few colleges and this one impressed me the most both on the phone and in person.
Why did you choose to study this course?
I decided to study the Foundation Degree in Business Studies as I have life skills and work experience but didn’t feel that I had the academic qualifications I would need to become a Project Coordinator. I didn’t want to study a course that would restrict my career choices so choose Business Studies rather than community development or a social care course.
What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?
The lecturers are experienced, professional and motivated. They empower and support all the students to achieve their potential.
What do you intend to do next?
When I leave next June I intend on concentrating on my career and promotion. I will hopefully be in a position to continue with my degree in the next few years.
How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?
Since starting this course I was promoted to a Management position.
How will studying impact on your life?
I am already more confident and the Management theories have been invaluable in my relatively new position. I am able to show my capabilities and knowledge which has enabled me to step up to the role and more.
Would you recommend this college and this course to others?
Yes I would. I have been nurtured, empowered and supported by the staff in Coleg y Cymoedd and highly recommend continuing with or returning to education here.
Your tutor Al Koursaros said:
Being a practicing business pleasingly Ruth seems to be enjoying the course and from her feedback clearly is able to relate and apply some of the content to her business. She is additionally a well respected member of her cohort of learners.