Isla Elliot

"One thing I can't stress enough is that lots of my contacts and confidence came from practical work placements at NESCol and RGU!"

Isla's passion for events management started at a local youth group, where she helped organise different community events. At 19, whilst studying at College, Isla's pro–bono work was rewarded with a Saltire award for volunteering, for having completed 500 hours of community work! Isla worked part–time with Tesco for six years, acting as a Community Champion, but has now decided to take a leap of faith and focus all of her efforts in becoming a successful freelance event manager, where she works on organising community events, helping couples plan their weddings and project managing in her local area.

Age: 23
Secondary school: Banchory Academy
NESCol course: HND Events Management
RGU course: BA (Hons) Events Management
Current role: Freelance Events Manager

Why did you choose the Degree Link route?

I was interested in Events Management before leaving school and was planning to apply for the University course. At that time, Degree Link was just a backup plan, but when I didn't manage to get the grades, it became my way of getting a degree.

What's been the best thing about the experience?

I got the best of both worlds! Time in College prepares you for the workplace and is more focused on putting skills into practice, but by going to RGU as well, I got all the academic knowledge to back it up.

What was the best thing about studying at NESCol?

There are so many people from different backgrounds and social standings in College that are studying a variety of exciting courses. College felt like a small community. Throughout the course I often approached students on other course to ask for their skills, advice and support.

What's the best thing about studying at RGU?

I am most appreciative of the opportunities I got there to expand my academic horizon. Now I have even been asked to present an academic paper at a conference!

Would you recommend Degree Link to other students? Why?

Definitely! Even now, as I am still working with youth groups in Banchory, I always encourage everybody to consider the 2+2 route. I am so happy I chose Degree Link. It would be a shame if pupils would rule this out. You are basically offered a 2 in 1 deal: practical and academic skills!