Blog: Michele, Core Skills Lecturer

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Our Core Skills Lecturer, Michele, tells us about her journey into the Education sector and why it's never too late to return to learning!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello everyone.  I am originally from Salford near Manchester but now live by Fochabers with my husband, daughter and son-in-law, along with 5 dogs, a pony and a rabbit. I also have a son who is a Police Officer in Galashiels.

I left school at 16 to study Business and I spent 10 years in Accounts and Administration where I gained lots of industry experience, before changing career to work in Education in Primary, Secondary and Colleges. I have worked in Education now for 27 years including 10 years in behaviour management and additional support needs, and 14 years here at Moray College UHI.

Describe a typical day in your line of work?

I teach a range of Core Skills Communication classes from SCQF levels 4 - 7, working with students to give them the communication skills needed for the workplace. I also work with students from SCQF levels 1 - 3, who have complex learning requirements, which is very rewarding.  I enjoy working with all levels and across several subjects, where I get a good insight into student’s courses. I will typically work across 7/8 different subjects a year. Core Skills are contextualised and industry specific, so I modify each class to the subject.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I love nothing better than to see and celebrate achievement. That doesn’t necessarily mean someone getting a certificate, although I do love a certificate! For me it’s all about the distance travelled and how much you achieve personally, because everyone is different. Seeing someone develop and grow in confidence is extremely rewarding. I love being part of someone’s successful journey.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have a Powerboat licence from working as a volunteer with Sea Cadets. I began my degree with the OU when I was 32. I love very loud heavy metal music!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

When time allows, I’m a Champion with Moray Wellbeing Hub and I support all mental health organisations. Otherwise we have 3 Bernese Mountain dogs, a Border Collie and a Shih Tzu to walk, and a pony and rabbit to look after. Once a year I mark exam papers for English Literature, English Language, & Creative Writing. I also take part in research for Social Security Scotland & the Scottish Government.

What is your favourite type of food?

Hot herb salmon and salad. Passionfruit or Lemon Pannacotta.

What is your favourite song?

A different one every week is on repeat! This week it’s ‘If I Say’ by Mumford & Sons and I love Tom Grennan right now.

What is the best advice you ever received and who was it from?

Life has been full of advice (most of which I never took and should have!). My grandmother told me to always pay for the roof over my head and everything else you can sort out later. In other words, don’t be homeless, which I have been, twice. I always tell other people that whatever the issue, it’s your responsibility to sort it out, no one else’s.  I have had a lot of challenging life experiences and I’m a bit of inspirational meme collector, which I overshare on Facebook!

If you were a super-hero, what type of powers would you have?

So very many! Teleportation would mean I wouldn’t have to drive, which I consider a necessary evil. I would also love the power to cook!

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