I balanced motherhood, work and study to pursue my dream job and give my daughter a better life

“Growing up, I couldn’t manage school – I think it was a bit too much. I just couldn’t settle because home life was unsettled.”

Keilagh couldn’t settle at school and chose to leave at 14. When she became a mum, she decided to pursue her dream and train to be a nurse.

After leaving school at 14, Keilagh received some training to support looked-after children. A few years later, when her daughter was born, Keilagh decided to retrain for her dream job.

She looked up how to get a nursing qualification, found the degree that she needed and learned about the requirements to get on the course. Keilagh completed her Maths and English GCSEs and a health access course, then applied for university.

Keilagh was over the moon when she was offered university places. She loved the combination of lectures, skills workshops and placements that she did three days a week.

She continued to work part-time to fund her learning and by 2021 will be a qualified nurse. The whole experience has given her more confidence and will allow her to make a different life for her family.

“I think learning as an adult is so much easier because you know you want it. By 2021, I’ll be a qualified nurse. That’s my future. I can build and save.”
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