Hannah gained good grades in her A-levels after studying at Ulverston Victoria Sixth Form but chose to stay in Cumbria rather than going away to university.
“I was really nervous about getting my A-level results and it didn’t help that I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career,” she said. “I thought my final grades would push me down a certain route, but I wasn’t better at one thing than another so I still didn’t know what to do.
“I was really unsure and I wasn’t ready to leave home, so I chose to stay and get a job while considering my options.”
Hannah decided that studying for a degree wasn’t right for her, but was interested in a Accounting Apprenticeship at Furness College.
“I realised that I enjoyed doing banking and accounts, so I contacted Furness College about the apprenticeship,” she said. “There was a job going at the time, so I applied and was lucky enough to get it.
“I started in April 2015 and I’ve just completed my Advanced Apprentice Level 3 - Diploma in Accounting so I’m going on to my Level 4. I’d like to complete a CIMA [Chartered Institute of Management Accountants] or an ACA qualification in accounting.”
Hannah is glad she stayed in Cumbria and would advise students in a similar position to take their time when deciding whether to go away to university.
“I’d advise other people who are unsure to take a year to think about things because you don’t have to go to university straight away,” she said. “My sister went to university at the age of 24 and she’s glad she went to university with more experience.
“I found it a lot more beneficial to stay at home, earn some money and find out what I really wanted to do as a career.”