Former College Student Hoping To Change Local Areas Future
Tue, 2002-07-16 01:00
Former East Durham College Peter Jones Enterprise Academy student Kirsty Fishwick is now studying at Durham University's Business School
A student’s time and dedication at East Durham College has really paid off as she moved on to join one of the country’s most prestigious universities.
Kirsty Fishwick, 20, from Peterlee, was part of East Durham College’s first ever cohort to join the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy when it was launched at the start of the 2012/13 academic year and she has now took up her place to study a BA in Business and Management at Durham University.
The former Academy at Shotton Hall student studied on the Academy’s Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship during her year at the College, and she has hailed both the course and the College for helping her to get where she is today.
Kirsty said: “I chose the course because it’s completely different to any other business course I looked at, focusing on the practical side as well as academic in order to achieve a greater knowledge of business through real life experience as well as study.
“I knew from meeting the course tutor, that I would be supported and motivated to do well and therefore stood a very good chance of achieving the highest grades possible.”
Kirsty also gave special mention to The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy itself, and believes the Academy has given her a great boost for her future in business.
“The Peter Jones Academy helped me gain a considerable insight into the business environment, that will stand me in good stead at university and any career opportunities I pursue in the future,” Kirsty added.
“The Academy enlightened me to many opportunities within the working world and in myself. It has brought out a great interest in me to help improve the local economy in my community.”
Kirsty excelled during her time at college, not only did she receive fantastic academic results she also went on to win a coveted national award after she was picked ahead of over 700 other college business students as the BTEC Business Student of the Year for 2013.
And now, as Kirsty settles into life at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton, she is looking forward to an exciting career in the future.
Kirsty said: “I’m loving university life, as I feel very independent in my own work and progress. I am finding all aspects of the course interesting and really enjoying learning about them in depth.
“Since starting in September, I have met a lot of fascinating people from all over the world. I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I’m actually a Durham University student.
“Hopefully when I get through my degree I will be able to pursue a career in business consultancy whilst also looking into business ventures that will benefit my local community.”
And since joining Durham University Kirsty has been praised by her lecturers to how well she has took to the course.
Dr Philip Warwick, Course Leader for the Business and Management Programme, said: “It is great to see students like Kirsty coming through from local colleges in County Durham and to see them thriving in the international environment we have in the Business School.
“Kirsty seems to be really enjoying her time here and making the most of her new student life.
“A few weeks ago, at the start of term, we asked students to say who they were and where they came from and I can remember Kirsty explaining to the group she was with that she came from ‘just up the road’. Many of them had travelled from places like Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Deli, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Vancouver. They were delighted to find they were working with an outgoing and confident local student.”