Paula Volkner

SUCCESS Project Management

Having not studied for thirty years, Paula was a little apprehensive about returning to education with a Level 4 Success Project Management course at Truro and Penwith College, but was glad that she decided to try. Starting out as an NHS Administrator before enrolling on the course, Paula was able to learn essential skills that resulted in her promotion to a Transforming Care Plan Project Manager after completing the course in April 2017.

Offered as part of the ESF-funded Higher Level Skills project and delivered by Truro and Penwith College, Paula was able to access part-funding towards the course to help her on her way.

I am so excited to work as a Project Manager on a project that I am very passionate about. The course has been life changing for me.

"I wasn’t able to progress into project management without a formal qualification but this course has not only helped me to develop existing skills, but it has also allowed me to gain new skills that I can now use in my new role.”

Finding that the course allowed her to build on her existing talents, Paula was able to explore areas that needed improvement before she could be considered for higher paid roles: “Although I was methodical and task driven before the course, I now also have the tools to professionally prepare documents to support my work.”

Pleased that she decided to return to education to progress her career, Paula would recommend that other people research the Success courses available to help develop their careers and increase their employment prospects.

The course was excellent and is very achievable by those who have not studied for a long time. It’s a great way to get back into education, especially when working full time and I will be seriously considering completing further Success courses in different subject areas.