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Asha Kaur

Step into Learning award

After working in the manufacturing industry for many years, Asha Kaur wanted to pursue her passion for HR and joined Coventry College’s CIPD Level 3 Foundation in People Practice course to support her career change. Despite feeling nervous about stepping back into a formal education setting after three decades, Asha is living proof that is OK to step out of your comfort zone to achieve your career goals.

"I really pushed myself to do this course having not been in education for many years. It was challenging at times, but well worth it to achieve my ambitions of improving my life and achieving something for myself. This was my main motivation to step into the unknown and I wanted to make the most of a new opportunity to learn and grow.

"My learning journey has given me confidence and knowledge whilst gaining new skills. My family and friends have commented on the transformation in my self-esteem.

"Feeling more self assured has made a huge difference to me professionally as well as personally.

"At work I am able to question the way things are done in HR and Management. My colleagues also take me more seriously and see that I have gained knowledge.

"I feel inspired by others, sharing my knowledge with them and learning from my peers. I have met new people and learnt new things. My tutors and colleagues have been hugely supportive.

"Looking back now, I feel that I should have started this learning journey earlier and not be afraid."

Aysha Anwar, Business Lecturer at Coventry College said: "It was difficult for Asha entering education as a mature adult and learning how to write assignments, but she has worked hard and has overcome a lack confidence and self belief.

"Asha implements the learning into her workplace and offers them advice and guidance on how to improve. She is a credit to her organisation."