Nothing was going to get in the way of Ketanya's goal of becoming a nurse.
Ketanya started studying with Birmingham Adult Education Service in 2013 at the Handsworth Fire Station; she initially started with level 1 English and Maths classes.
Whilst completing her level 2 English course she was successful in applying to work as an Auxiliary Nurse for the NHS. Alongside working full time, she passed her exams and managed to secure a space on a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care, but had to do GCSE English to meet the requirements of the role she wanted. Unfortunately, she didn’t pass her GCSE the first time, and was encouraged to take a re-sit which she passed.
After working as a nurse for some time, she decided to study at a higher level in hopes of progressing further in the NHS. To do this, Ketanya needed to go to University.
Ketanya did her foundation degree prior to commencing on her journey to become a Physiologist as she didn’t meet the criteria, but that did not discourage her. In total she studied for four years to achieve her goal, which was worth it because this year Ketanya has achieved a First and is now working as a Respiratory Physiologist.
Throughout her learning journey, Ketanya remained in touch with her tutor from her initial class with BAES, Rachel. She saw Rachel as a mentor, and had helped motivate her during her time studying.
“For where I’ve reached now having finished with a first, I would like to say thanks to Rachel because she has been the core to my success as well, she has been one of my biggest motivators even when I feel like giving up.”
When asked what’s next – she responded “Who knows, Masters next… we’ll see how it goes!” Ketanya has always worked hard and allowed her passion and enthusiasm to shine through her work and commitments, we are immensely proud of her achievements since studying with Birmingham Adult Education Service and would like to wish her all the best in her chosen career.