41-year-old Fraserburgh student proves that it is never too late to follow your dreams

Pamela and her son Darren
Pamela and her son Darren

A 41-year-old Fraserburgh student has proven that it is never to late to follow your dreams after graduating from North East of Scotland College last month.

Pamela Dickie gained a HNC in Early Education and Childcare in October and has now landed a job at Rosehearty Nursery - a role she "never thought possible".

Pamela said: "Being a mature student, I was nervous and lacked confidence.

"The lecturers gave me encouragement and confidence to follow my dreams and return to education.”

Pamela initially gained an HND in Office Administration from Banff and Buchan College, before taking on jobs in Woolworths and Young’s Seafood, but when her son Darren was born, she decided to volunteer at her local church’s mother and toddler group.

This inspired Pamela to pursue a lifelong dream of working with children, and so she decided to gain a formal qualification and applied for an NC in Early Education at the College’s Fraserburgh Campus.

However Pamela's return to education was thrown into turmoil during this time after she experienced the tragic loss of her brother.

Pamela said: "I found it hard to carry on with my studies and even thought about giving up, but thanks to the support of my amazing family, fantastic lecturers, and staff at my placement I managed to achieve my HNC.”

Pamela says she is now loving her new job as an early year’s practitioner at Rosehearty Nursery.

She said: "“Thanks to NESCol I now have a job I never thought possible, which gives me a sense of fulfilment while still having a fantastic family life.”