How a personal life experience inspired Laura to study counselling with us
People return to studying at all ages and for all sorts of reasons. In Laura's case it was going through the counselling process as a patient that made her consider it as a future career. Thanks to Open Study College's flexible learning model, Laura's physical health was no barrier to learning, and our Introduction to Counselling was perfect to give her a taste of the subject before deciding whether to progress further.
What's your background in terms of education?
I left school with GCSEs and went straight into full time work where I gained an NVQ level 2 in Manufacturing. After that I did an art course at college, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
What made you want to study your chosen subject/course?
I had some counselling and really enjoyed it. My therapist was lovely and said she was really pleased how I had picked it up so quickly.
What was your motivation for studying?
I want to be a counsellor to help others the way I was helped, so I chose the Introduction to Counselling course to see if I enjoyed it.
Why did you choose distance learning over traditional study methods?
I have a condition called Fibromyalgia (constant bone pain, fatigue, mind fog etc). Some days are better than others but I knew I could do distance learning at my own pace.
Why did you choose to study with Open Study College?
I looked around and found Open Study College would meet my needs.
What have you enjoyed most about your studies?
I loved the whole course. I learnt a lot about behaviour and a lot about myself. My tutor Lin was fab - patient and kind, and nothing was ever too much trouble.
What do you plan to do with your course after completing your studies?
I want to use it towards becoming a counsellor.
Do you plan to study any further in the future?
Yes, I applied and was accepted for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and I start my degree in October.
What are your career goals?
I would like to be a counsellor and help other people.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you so much Open Study College. I really enjoyed my course and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about behaviour and people. It was really interesting. I had little faith in myself before doing it, and now I feel like I can do anything.
Thanks Laura for sharing your study experience with us.
If you're interested in following in Laura's footsteps, find out more about the Introduction to Counselling course or browse our full range of counselling courses here.
Not sure which course is for you? Why not give us a call on 03300 563100? We'll be happy to help.