Daunting decision leads to HND for Diane

Diane decided to return to her love of health and fitness.
Diane decided to return to her love of health and fitness.

A former Peterhead Academy pupil has recently graduated with an HND in Fitness, Health & Exercise from North East Scotland College.

Diane Forman (41) has lived in the Blue Toon all her life and on leaving Peterhead Academy, she applied to study an introductory level course in sport and recreation at Banff and Buchan College, and successfully completed it gaining a variety of SCOTVEC modules.

Diane then found herself full-time employment and, as time went on, started a family.

Some years later, on finding herself in a part-time retail job which she felt was going nowhere, Diane decided to return to her love of health and fitness. She gave up her job, which was not an easy decision for the single mum, and returned to college.

She said: “I was going nowhere in my career and decided that I wanted to start doing something that I would enjoy. I knew I would love working in the fitness industry and didn’t want to leave it too late to start working towards that.”

Diane successfully applied for a place on HND Fitness, Health and Exercise. She said: “It was daunting to begin with – I wondered if I was too old and if I had made the right decision. I was worried about coping with the work too. I needn’t have worried though – I soon settled in and made some great friends.”

During her course, Diane was able to complete a work placement at MACBI (Mintlaw and Central Buchan Initiative) in Mintlaw. She said, “I learned so much on placement and I must have impressed them because I now have a permanent job there!”

“At times juggling family life, personal life, college work and travelling from Peterhead daily was a bit of a struggle but the college lecturers were always there to offer support and advice. I feel I have learned so much from my time at college and have done myself proud by receiving ‘A’ grades for both my graded units.

"I was also recently presented with a Student Achievement Award. For anyone thinking about returning to education as a mature student, I would highly recommend NESCol. Just go for it!”