“My time at City College 100% influenced my career path. I discovered skills that I never knew I had, and the perseverance of my tutors to push me to aim higher and not give up on tasks that were difficult, led me to my career now.”
Lettings negotiator Angel Brown has come a long way since her time at City College and though her career has taken a different path to what she’d imagined, she says she still owes a lot to her time with us.
“Despite having a career in interior design in mind at the time, my decision was led by the advice from the College that work-based learning would benefit me more than a full time college course,” she told us.
“This swayed my decision to go for the apprenticeship scheme at ITV in London and subsequently has created many career opportunities for me.”
After leaving City College with a BTEC in Art and Design, Angel applied for a place on the Creative Pioneers scheme, an initiative which helps young people find roles in the creative industries. As part of the scheme she was invited to a ‘speed interview day’ with a whopping 25 media companies, which is how the ITV apprenticeship came about.
Unfortunately, ITV didn’t have any permanent positions available when Angel finished her apprenticeship. But she did leave with a Business and Administration Level 3 qualification, bags of experience and more drive and determination than ever before.
Jobs with the police and within the aviation industry followed, with each one giving her more experience and a more rounded skillset. So when a role with Choice Estate Agents came along, Angel knew she was ready.
“I had previously done some work experience in property when I was younger and it has always been the industry I have taken the most interest in, so it only seemed right to go back in,” she said.
“I know now that this is the right industry for me, it’s a very diverse job role and the progression opportunities presented to you are vast. The harder you work the more rewards you receive.”
Angel has definitely found her calling and already has big dreams for the future, with plans being made for a large property portfolio. Yet she’s not just thinking of herself. A community-driven individual, Angel has always tried to donate her time and money to local causes she believes in.
“The most rewarding moments of my career have been fundraising for charities that are important to me, City College helped me do this,” she said.
“In five years’ time I would like to be able to earn enough money to make a huge difference not only in my local community but to eventually make a difference on a large scale to charities that need the most support.”
It’s an admirable ambition, and given Angel’s track record for finding success no matter what path she’s on, we’re sure she’ll achieve it!