Former painting and decorating student, turned interior designer, Emma Grant, pictured at Ultima’s showroom. Here Emma explains how she came to be working in her ultimate job

Emma in Ultima-te Job Role

Mon, 2002-02-04 00:00

Former East Durham College student Emma Grant loves her new life in the job of her dreams working at one of the UK’s top kitchen design firms.

Emma, 32, left the College in 2004 and now works as an interior and spatial designer at Ultima in South Kirkby near Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

After trying a number of different courses at the College it was when she enrolled on the NVQ painting and decorating course at East Durham she found her talent that made her realise what she wanted to do for a career.

Emma said: “I started doing an IT course, which I soon realised was not for me, and was doing the decorating on my day off. I fell in love with the course area and the wonderful staff so I went full time on that. “The support the EDC staff gave me was amazing. The College has such a great family feel about it and you get to have fun whilst learning too.

And Emma praised the support the College gave her in dealing with her dyslexia which she believes was fundamental in helping pave the way for her successful career.

“My main lecturer, Adrian Otty, was like a rock to me. He recommended I should be assessed for dyslexia, and the College arranged for everything to be done to help me. This gave me the confidence to deal with my dyslexia whilst achieving my goals,” Emma added.

After qualifying Emma went on to set up and run her own decorating business, which ran for eight years whilst she also studied part time on an interior design degree course at Teesside University.

And now Emma is considering what to do next with her career, and admitting despite having a drive to go onto a masters degree she is having too much of a good time at Ultima to move onto that.

Emma said: “I’m thinking about doing a Masters degree in Business Management, but I am just enjoying what I’m doing; it’s wonderful to love what you are doing.”

Emma works for family-run kitchen design and manufacturing business Ultima, who employ over 100 staff at their facility near Pontefract. Ultima also run a highly successfully internet business selling kitchens online - DIY-Kitchens.com - which Emma helps to develop with the team.