Young Adult Learner

Emily Everitt

2018 Highly Commended

Emily didn’t enjoy her time at school and left with only a few GCSEs. After a break of eight years she decided it was time she returned to education so she could have the career she wanted.

Growing up, Emily’s faced a string of difficult family situations, which led to her having no self-esteem and no belief in her capabilities. She started to work in retail and progressed to management level but still felt unfulfilled.

Emily chose to enrol on an Access to HE course at City Lit in the hope of securing a place at university. The mixed ages in college classes appealed to Emily and seeing that each student wanted to learn gave her a renewed perspective of education. She achieved the Access qualification and was successful in applying to study History at University College London.

Learning a second time around, Emily developed a love of reading and now visits libraries and museums to further her passion for history and psychotherapy.

Emily’s nominator Carmel Elwell said, “Emily’s learning has opened up new career opportunities and has transformed her personal life too.”

Emily said “I want to train as a psychotherapist and use my life experiences to help others in similar situations. Without adult learning, I am not sure I would have ever known what my dream career was or have the self-belief to get there.”