Keen horse rider Rebecca, 24, had previously completed a college course in animal healthcare but realised she didn’t want to mix her hobby with her career.
After a bad fall from a horse, Rebecca broke her ankle in several places and was spending a lot of time in the hospital with specialist appointments. With time on her hands, she found herself intrigued by the environment.
Although nervous because it was proving to be popular, Rebecca bit the bullet and registered her interest. She was invited to meet with The Prince’s Trust at the job centre and soon found out that she was successful in joining the programme.
Rebecca was surprised by just how much she learned over the six week course. During the programme she was placed in a community hospital near her hometown of Peebles and was provided with travel expenses to support her in commuting to the training that was taking place in other locations. Living in an area where transport can be restrictive, this lowered the barriers and allowed Rebecca to focus on the job.
Initially, Rebecca wasn’t aware of the auxiliary nursing role, believing that you needed to go to university in order to become a nurse. Worried about not having the grades, yet enjoying the course, Rebecca spoke to some close friends who she had met on the programme and they encouraged her to go for it.
She secured an interview and was offered a permanent job at the hospital and is now a full-time Healthcare Support Worker.
For Rebecca, had she not replied to the original Facebook post advertising the course, she would have never pursued this direction in her career.
She said: “I just couldn’t believe how many different jobs you could do within The NHS, even in a community hospital."
“I was as nervous as anybody, but I now I have a permanent job out of it - so anyone who feels like they want to do it, just give it a try.”