You know you have landed your dream job when you open the front door to the former Edwardian home of George Cadbury Jr. and realise as you step inside, you are about to start work.

Having spent the last 11 years working in Specialist Education, I took up my post as a Learning Support Assistant at Fircroft College in May 2017.

Where else would you get the opportunity to share skills and knowledge, a passion for transforming lives, and see people fulfil their potential on a daily basis?

In my role as a LSA I am placed at the heart of Fircroft; Passionate about People & Education. I work collaboratively within a team of awesome colleagues known as Student Support.

I have the privilege of working on both sides of the classroom (inside and out) complementing the work of my colleagues right across the college, for the benefit of our students.

Greeting students in the common room whilst sharing a view of the 6 acres of garden, creates a golden opportunity to provide initial pastoral support. I never tire of hearing the gasps of amazement when students arrive for short courses for the first time and connect immediately with their surroundings.

Providing learning support in the classroom constantly challenges me and requires me to think creatively. No two courses are the same and every day is different. I delight in working across all short course provision, offering individualised learning support and adapting resources where needed.

Supporting on short courses is like having an endless supply of hats and being able to wear a new one to college each day. I am constantly acquiring knowledge that allows me to connect with students and be effective in the support I am able to offer.

Students are endlessly vibrant and I am inspired by their determination to work hard, break down barriers and achieve. Their journeys are so individual.

Whether I am meeting or greeting, reviewing progression and support, creating individual learning plans, taking time out to speak with a learner, sharing food, a common interest, engaging in the banter that surrounds my love of West Bromwich Albion football team, being an LSA gives me the opportunity to build a relationship with and gain the trust of a learner, enabling them to thrive in the learning environment.

The knowledge that you are valued and purposefully employed, is one of the many joys found on a daily basis in the life of a Fircroft LSA.