When I left school I made the decision that I would embark on a career within the nuclear industry and not waste time at university when there was good money to be made.
Was it the right thing to do? I think for me, yes it was. I wasn't in the right mind-set for more education, my ambition was to make a living and enjoy my life.
I got the job I wanted and I was at peace with my lot until that is these bright young things came with their degrees and overtook me on the pay scale which I wasn't too happy about.
It became important to me that the years of experience I had gathered was recognised. I was a professional at what I did but had nothing to back that up.
I had no degree and I couldn't study full time, so what route could I take? The PR Academy route, that's what. I did my Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Advanced Certificate in PR (now the Professional PR Certificate) and when I'd completed that I did the PR Diploma which, being at Master’s level enabled me to become a Post Graduate student with Leeds Beckett University. I now have a Master's degree with Merit in Corporate Communications.
So, if you've gone the old fashioned route into your career like I did. All is not lost. Consider the PR Academy. I'm so glad that I did.
Rosina Robinson, Communications Professional at Sellafield Ltd, Secretary of the West Cumbria Nuclear Sites Stakeholder Group