Identifying a career direction isn’t always straightforward. For many, it takes time and life experience to realise exactly what it is you wish to do.
It’s an added benefit to continuing studies beyond undergraduate level; something that Sir Thomas White Loan Charity education loan borrower Greg Curtis can identify with.
Greg, from Oadby, knew what interested him and the kind of area he wanted to work in, but didn’t have a specific job role or specialist field in mind.
“I always had an interest in property and construction, but I did not know what direction I wanted to go in when applying for UCAS,” explains Greg. “There was such a breadth of curses on offer in a very diverse industry and it felt intimidating, as I did not want to pick the wrong career path. I wanted to explore different options and gain more experience of the industry, as well as develop a broader range of skills generally.”
Each business has a story behind it. Some are complicated, whilst some others may be pretty straightforward. However, the one thing that all business stories will have in common is that they are driven by individuals; a personal account of how drive, determination and planning overcame challenges, trials and tribulations.
Sometimes an individual can emerge from a business story more inspirational than the business itself. De Montfort University Global MBA student Jane Hearst is a perfect example.
The 24-year-old joint-winner of the university’s 2018 Pitch2Win competition, which The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity proudly sponsors, was forced to overcome personal challenges before she could even focus on creating her business idea; a business idea which in itself is deeply personal to Jane.
Jane is the CEO of The Curious Observer, whose primary service is called Glimpse. Glimpse uses film production as a way of providing individuals with a life guidance service, culminating in a shoot and shareable product. The result is a form of narrative therapy, which Jane herself admits proved to be personally beneficial.
Aside from being completely interest-free, a key benefit of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity’s education loans, available to the value of £10,000, is that they can be used to support the cost of study anywhere in the world – not just in Leicester where the Charity is based.
For many, studying for a postgraduate qualification is key to working within a chosen field, opening doors to opportunities and experiences that may otherwise be closed. In the case of education borrower Charis Ringland (pictured, centre), she has been able to enjoy both as she works towards a career in science.
Leicestershire’s The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and Pattersons Commercial Law delivered prizes worth more than £6,000 to finalists of Leicester College’s first-ever Pitch Your Passion competition, which came to a conclusion on Friday (23 March) afternoon.
A video game developer, personalised textile creator and an innovative writing tool were the three ventures that benefited from the competition’s top three prizes, which will be utilised to develop each business further in addition to providing professional business and legal support courtesy of Pattersons Commercial Law.
Following pitches delivered by the six shortlisted finalists, a judging panel consisting of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Chair of Trustees David Howard, owner and director of Pattersons Commercial Law Rik Pancholi, Leicester College Employability and Enterprise Manager Gemma Jackson and the college’s Director of Human Resources Rod Wood, came to a unanimous decision on which businesses should benefit from financial investment and professional support.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity is pleased to announce that a total of eight interest-free loans, totalling £77,227, were approved following the Charity’s opening quarterly interviews of 2018.
One of Leicester’s oldest charities, The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides people between the ages of 18 and 35 with loans of up to £20,000 to help start or develop business within the county, or £10,000 to aid postgraduate study. All loans are completely interest-free for a nine-year period, with equal monthly repayments commencing three years after the loan is taken out.
Suhail Alloo’s aim was always clear – to become a qualified lawyer.
As any qualified lawyer will testify, it’s a challenging journey that requires commitment, hard work and – naturally – the successful pursuit of key qualifications through education. That’s why Suhail got in touch with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity and successfully applied for an interest-free education loan.
The ability to study at post-graduate level provides you with more than an additional qualification. It can deliver amazing opportunities and provides access to a number of pathways towards a chosen career. Just ask Sam Gandy, who took out an interest-free education loan totalling £5,000 in order to study in London.
The 32-year-old from Market Harborough has since gone a step further as he approaches the end of his PhD; however, as he explained, it’s the journey he’s taken – quite literally – that has changed his life to this point.
Having the opportunity to study for a post-graduate qualification opens a host of doors when it comes to commencing a career. However, for many, the cost of continuing study beyond graduation provides a stumbling block – which is why The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides education loans that are interest-free for nine years.
Hajra Okhai is a perfect example of somebody eager to continue studying so that she could enter her chosen career. Hajra, from Leicester, initially commenced work for a large industrial company prior to making the decision to study for a post-graduate degree.