I’m going back to college!

I’m going back to college.

I never thought I’d be saying (or writing) that sentence, but come September I’m officially going to be a part-time student.

I’ve been accepted onto the part-time BTEC Level 2 Floristry course at Shipley College in Saltaire, meaning one day a week I’ll be alongside my fellow classmates, covered in greenery and ribbon (and surrounded by flowers of course!) and I can’t wait.

I’ll be working on written and practical assignments, and creating a portfolio throughout the year. Its been almost ten years since I finished 6th form so it’s all going to feel a bit surreal!

The classes will be a great way to for me to brush up on my terminology, plant names and  knowledge, and enhance my skills.

When you’re in full time employment, trying to weave in a lengthy course can be very difficult. I’ve popped some information below on how I’ll be going about it…

My new work/life/education balance: 

I’ll be going to college on  Tuesdays and working four days a week instead of my usual five between September 2018 and May 2019.

This means a drop in salary and although I’m going to have to be really on top of my outgoings and be stricter with budgeting, it’s only temporary and the course is worth a few months of cutting back. If anything at least I’ll have more content for the Business on a Budget series. Maybe I should change it to Business on a SERIOUS Budget! My plan is to top up my income with my own wedding work and a bit of freelancing.

Tips on flexible working hours: 

If flexible working is something you want to explore, you can find loads of helpful info and a flexible working form on the .gov website. You need to put your request in 12 or more weeks before you’d like your new working hours to start, as it’s important to give a good amount of notice to your employer. If you’re looking at doing a course or dropping down your hours, be sure to put your request forward in enough time to make the process as easy as possible for all parties.

Are there many part time floristry courses in Yorkshire?

I decided on Shipley College because it was recommended to me by a few florists and it’s in my home town, meaning I can make the most of my time outside of course hours to drop it and see my family and friends back home. In the Yorkshire area there are plenty of other courses to check out, including:

I’d advise researching courses a good 8 to 12 months ahead (e.g. October to January ahead of September starts). That way you’ll be able to attend open days, enrollment days, and interview days where required.

I’ll be posting weekly updates about my course so watch this space for more info.

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