Graduate proof that you can change career and find success

University Centre South Essex graduate, Matthew Nyarambi, is proof that anyone can retrain and change careers after switching from finance to counselling.

Matthew, 37, studied BA (Hons) Counselling at the University Centre’s Southend Campus, he is now the lead lecturer for the course and helps other students to achieve their dream career goals.

After studying for his A-Levels, Matthew went to work in the finance sector in the City of London, working for Santander’s private banking department. He was made redundant after a 15 year career in the industry and then went back to study for his degree.

His tale is particularly important in these COVID-19 times because Matthew is proof that if people have found themselves in a similar situation and lost their job, there are other career paths they can follow and studying higher education locally will help them to retrain.

Matthew said: “I really enjoyed studying for the degree, I felt as though I evolved as a human being and learnt a lot about myself which helped me to understand how to provide a therapeutic outlet for my clients.”

He added: “After graduating I worked in the industry for five years before returning to the University Centre to lead the course. I would advise others who want to retrain and take this path to not try to fit into any box, create your own box.”

For more information about the University Centre’s courses and how you can start your retrain journey, visit https://www.southessex.ac.uk/he/