Sherry Mills enrolled on a Level 5 in Leadership and Management fully funded by the Nightingale Care Bursary. Sherry chose to do this course as ‘I love to help others and enhance someone’s quality of life.’
- What district within Essex are you based?My role I am based across whole of Essex covering the following areas: Colchester, Clacton, Harlow, Basildon, Benfleet, Chelmsford, Canvey and Brentwood
- How did you hear about the Nightingale Care Bursary?
My employer ECL
- Please tell us a little bit about your current role/course:
I am currently completing a course Level 5 in Leadership and management with support from my tutor Caroline. I started my course in June and I don’t know why it has taken me so long. Since I have started, I found the coursework so relatable to my role and for me to develop so supportive. I have often found occasions where I refer to topics I have learnt in my role when supporting me in a situation.
I used to struggle academically at school which made me hesitant to complete this course, but my tutor is supportive and with her support I feel I have really learnt so much, and I have found a new love for course work!
- What inspired you to seek a career within the Health & Care sector?
I grew up as a young carer and never originally wanted to work in care. I found myself in a job I wasn’t happy and couldn’t see my future.
I started working in care just over 10 years ago and I love to help others and enhance someone’s quality of life. I haven’t looked back since… unlike my friends and family I look forward to a Monday going to work.
- What would you say to others considering a career within Health and Social care?
Don’t think twice. If you want to help improve others lives and want job satisfaction, this is the career for you. I used to be shy to tell people what I do now I couldn’t be prouder. I started as a carer assistant; I am now a manager of multiple day services for adults. I have found a career with career progression and job satisfaction sometimes can be hard to find these days.
- How has Nightingale supported you in achieving your career goals/progression?
My first interview with nightingale I spoke with the curriculum lead and the tutor we spoke about my goals. My goal was to get a job I was due to interview for. Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful although I was offered another job opportunity. I remember meeting with Caroline I felt really deflated and she is more that a tutor she has been a mentor My coursework has been so relevant to the work I am doing this has given me confidence to grow and become a stronger manager. The time with your tutor going through assignments or talking through a topic with healthy debate I always walk away feel so motivated and enthusiastic.
I always speak to my team members about seeking these apprenticeships as opportunities as its one of the best decisions I have made.
- What is one thing you are proud of that you have achieved whilst completing your programme?
My level of confidence dealing with difficult conversations and situations at work.
- We’d like to know more about you outside of your studies, tell us about your hobbies, and interests…
I am a small workaholic who loves their job maybe a little too much. I love being with my family and having long walks, I enjoy getting my nails done and spending time with those closest to me. I love watching a good series too!
The Nightingale Care Bursary enables everyone to access Health & Social Care courses and qualifications for FREE. So, whether you’re looking to start a new and fulfilling career in care or want to upskill – we can support you! If you are a health and care provider, you can also access the bursary to support staff training and development opportunities.
- Training courses & Qualifications
- Fast-track management
- Financial help & support