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had another meeting now with my careers advisor. There is a degree in Human Services at Nottingham Trent University where I am currently studying, and that includes an advice and guidance pathway. So that's an option. Problem is, as this would be a transfer from one course to another, my funding would be disrupted. I could get funding for only one year of my course - the final year. How do I fund the other 2 when most of my family are on benefits? Not possible really I don't think, unless anyone knows of alternative sources of tuition fee funding?
My careers advisor informs me that I could take the Qualification in Careers Guidance, a Connexions accredited one year professional diploma. although most people already have a degree to go into this, some people go into it without as long as they can meonstrate they are able to study at that level. I'm sure that's possible in my case, so if the funding is there i might go down that road.
Alternatively I could apply to Connexios and do on the job training and an NVQ at levels 3 and 4 in advice and guidance.
Those are my options - degree with 2 years self-funding, Qualification in Careers Guidance or NVQ 3 and 4 in advice and guidance.
Some people have questioned whether I should finish my placement year. The placement is for my accountancy degree, which I am now sure I intend to quit. Is it worth me completing the placement fo r it? I thought it was, as it will give me transferrable skills, and look good on my CV and give me money in the bank. However, a friend of mine thinks I should quit the placement and course now, and find relevant work experience with Connexions or somewhere, then do whatever course next year. If I do that, I lose this accommodation as it is for students only, so I would have to find someone else to replace me or put up the rest of the year's rent despite non-occupancy. That also means getting everything out and having somewhere to take it, either home or somewhere else. Also in a way it would seem a shame, as we are just about getting Access to Work funding on our side for some support I need as a result of being partially sighted. But don't let eithe rof these sway you in any advice you give, they are side issues that can be dealt with somehow.
Any advice on what to do with this placement is gratefullly accepted. If I do quit it now, I don't want to have to do so face to face, I'd rather do it in writing, which to me seems cruel and impolite but I don't think I could do it any other way. I get too emotional doing it face to face. lol
I'm rather turned inside out by this one at the moment, so please, any advice is welcome.