Nicola's desire to become a Hairdressing Lecturer where she could help pass on her knowledge and skills came to fruition when she accepted a job in the Hairdressing Team at UCOL’s Wairarapa campus in 2015.
Shortly thereafter Nicola began UCOL’s Certificate in Adult Teaching Advanced (CATA) programme.
She says the programme provided her with new skills that helped her to be able to understand her learners more and to make the lessons relevant to each and every one of her students.
“I hadn’t thought much about the programme until I started my new career but I quickly realised that the knowledge I would gain from the CATA programme would be a major factor in helping me with my new career path.”
“It was helpful to meet a variety of other students on CATA who were all in the same situation as me, all needing to complete CATA to further their new careers.”
“Being able to bounce ideas around with each other was great and our Lecturers had fantastic advice.”
Since graduating from CATA Nicola has been putting the skills learnt from CATA to use with her teaching on the Hairdressing programmes at UCOL.
“This was the first study I have done since completing my hairdressing apprenticeship in 2003 but I needed it to be able to continue with my dream job, and to ensure I had the teaching skills to be able to effectively transfer my industry knowledge and skills to the students.”
“All the CATA teachers were easy to approach with questions, my tutor was amazing, and our lessons were always enjoyable and memorable.”
“I would recommend studying at UCOL as it has an amazing family-like feel to the campus and the students and staff are very supportive. You are not just a number.”