Kim started studying with CALAT and the end of 2015 and has since gone on to pass 4 courses; ICT levels 1 and 2 and Administration levels 1 and 2.
Having worked in a Doctors surgery and as an Estate agent I would do anything I could to avoid working with computers. I was too embarrassed to admit to people that I had dyslexia and felt stupid because I couldn’t do even the most simple thing on a PC.
After CALAT was recommended to me I finally found the courage to sign up and I am so glad I did, it really has changed my life.
I had a bit of a wobble on my first course and nearly gave it all up but the teachers were so
engaged with me as a person as opposed to just a pupil, they saw my needs without me
having to express them and made me, for the first time, feel comfortable about my dyslexia which gave me the courage to truly open up and learn. I wanted to do it for my teachers as well as myself, Lesley, Maxine, Judy and Elaine were absolutely amazing.
We all worked as a team in the classes, we all had our strengths and helped each other out with the things that we didn’t understand, it was a real family unit.
After so many years of denial I realised that no matter how tough it was, and believe me it was really tough, I had to face up to my learning problems and deal with them. I used to think it was easier to fail…now I think you have to try your hardest even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.
I am so proud of how far I have come. You don’t have to write yourself off. There are places, like CALAT, where you go and learn and grow in an amazing environment and I couldn’t praise them more highly.
Kim is now applying for jobs as a receptionist or administrator and also in the Child care sector.