When I started my course I was a 32 year old mother of 2 small children. I was considering my options for returning to work. I’d always wanted to work in home and community care. I choose to study with OTEN as I could work at my own pace and importantly from home. Just 3 months into my studies we were surprised and excited to find out we’d be expecting our third baby. I was unsure how I’d cope, how would I finish? Especially with 100 hours of work placement yet to be completed, and a high risk pregnancy. But I felt even more determined. I put my head down and powered on. I fitted my never ending appointments around my course requirements and kept focussed on completion. My due date and course completion date were only weeks apart, and time melted away. I had submitted everything online, except one subject. I had my baby boy, and a few days after I returned home, I sent in the final module. Passed! So now I’m a 33 year old mother of 3 small children, with the qualification I need to return to the workforce to the job I really want.
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