A South Shields teenager is celebrating landing a full-time job in the accountancy world thanks to careers advice and apprenticeship study gained at college.
Victoria Green, 18, had no idea that balancing the books would add up to her ideal career when she first visited Gateshead College.
But she has now landed an accountancy apprenticeship with Durham-based firm Valued Accountancy after impressing bosses during a work placement.
The teenage student started at the college in 2013 on a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and was introduced to her new employer by her course leader.
Victoria said: “I really enjoyed my work placement and it made me realise what career path I wanted to take.
“All of the staff at Valued have made me feel really welcome and have become great mentors.
“My tutors at Gateshead College were really encouraging and there was plenty of opportunity to network and talk to different business people about career options.
“We attended and organised a lot of different events and challenges, including a great Dragons’ Den style event where we pitched business ideas to our tutors, which really helped build our confidence.
“I have learned a lot already, and the aspect of earning as you learn is great too.
“That’s something which really attracted me to an apprenticeship because I can work my way up the career ladder, keep studying and gaining qualifications whilst earning a wage.”
Stephen Paul, owner and director at Valued, said: “Victoria really impressed during her work placement, she was enthusiastic and work ready which is refreshing for someone of her age.”