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Meet Phil Snelson, a teacher seeking a career change on our Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling course

Changing from one career to another can be both daunting and exhilarating. For many adults seeking a change, finding the right educational institution that offers flexibility, support and quality education is paramount. Phil Snelson, a former primary school teacher who has chosen to embark on a career in counselling, shares his experience as an adult student at Warrington & Vale Royal College.

Phil Snelson Counselling Student

Upon deciding to change his career, Phil explored various options but Warrington & Vale Royal College stood out due to the flexibility and accommodating schedule offered, which suited Phil’s family and work commitments. Phil first started studying on a level 2 and then level 3 course part-time around his teaching role, before taking the leap and fully committing to the level 4 qualification.

Phil began his journey into a counselling career with the vision of private practice, but will seek agency-based work in the first instance to gain more experience working alongside seasoned professionals. He’d also like to remain in education, perhaps teaching the counselling profession himself one day.

He says: “The tutors have all been brilliant. Everyone I’ve met just seems to be in it for the right reasons; they want to help people and they’re so supportive of the classes age differences, learning differences and experiential differences.”

When asked what the best thing about studying at Warrington & Vale Royal College is, Phil said: “The tutors. As an adult learner, there is a feeling of inclusivity. Everyone is really respectful. Every member of staff I’ve ever had to deal with from Learner Services, to Bursary Support, to the tutors themselves, have been brilliant and I think that goes a long way. I want to add that the canteen staff and the cleaners are lovely too. For a big organisation to have that level of personal touch, is really nice.”

On his time as an adult student at the college, Phil continues: “I’ve gone from not having any knowledge of counselling as a discipline to going out on a work-based placement in a couple of weeks. I could write a thousand bullet points on what I’ve learnt but I’ve learnt exactly what I wanted to. I’ve reached the point where I am nearly ready to start a professional career in the discipline that I’ve chosen.”

Do you want to change your career like Phil? We are still accepting applications for counselling courses starting in September. Click the button below to learn more and apply online today.

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