'Without the encouragement of tutors at CONEL, I would never have gone on to Higher education and ended up working for Accenture'.
These are the words of Syed Hussain, 22 from Seven Sisters, who started his journey to a great career by completing a GNVQ intermediate Science course at the College of North East London (CONEL).
He then stormed on to the advanced level, graduating with a distinction a year later. The tutors, especially Lenny Parker the science lecturer, were keen that Syeds personal development not stop there:
'Syed was a diligent and promising student. It was obvious that he had not yet reached his potential so I spoke to him about continuing on to Higher Education.'
Encouraged, Syed initially aimed to go and do a Sports Science degree. However, at the time, the dot.com industry was exploding and he became more interested in pursuing a career in IT. And even though the leap from science to information technology proved tricky at some London higher education institutions his determination won through and he secured a place on the BSc IT degree course at Middlesex University. Syed loved his 3 years there, 'I had a fantastic time, met loads of people and went out a lot! The facilities were great there too.'
As well as having fun, and studying hard, Syed managed to build up some valuable work experience during his second year contracting for various companies. The benefits to this were twofold; he started building up his work profile but also avoided getting into debt like so many of his friends at University.
After graduating with a superb first in his degree, Syed continued doing contract work on oracle applications for local companies. 'It is so much easier to find work when you say you have attended university,' he says. And this time last year he secured a solutions architect role with consultancy giants Accenture.
Syed is not the only student to study Science at CONEL and then go on to career success. His classmate Salim Ismail, now a dental technician, has set up his own contracting company.
For further information on science courses, including the new BTEC national in applied science which focuses on a medical pathway, please telephone the course hotline on 020 8442 3055. Or you can go to www.conel.ac.uk.