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Juggling family life with studying and a job may have been a challenge at times for Amy Bradbury, but she has proved to be a shining star. 

The 35-year-old worked in banking for nearly 10 years before being made redundant in 2009, and decided to move away from finance due to instability in the economy.

After working for the Department for Work and Pensions as a team leader and completing an NVQ in Management, Amy started to think about her long term options.

Amy, from Perton, Wolverhampton, decided to apply to study a BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with the Faculty of Social Sciences.

She says: “I wanted to go back into finance but not necessarily back into banking. I looked at my options and decided that accounting sounded like something I would enjoy and be good at.

“I chose the University of Wolverhampton partly because I have a young son so needed to be able to commute from my home to university rather than moving away. I also chose the University as I liked the sound of the course and the content. The new Business School was an added bonus.”

Maintaining a good balance between family life, studying and work was a priority for hard working Amy, as she explains: “My son was three when I started my degree and had just started nursery at school. Ensuring that he didn't feel sidelined by my studies was always my priority, but sometimes this was challenging and juggling my studies, his school homework and maintaining quality family time was not always easy.

“Throughout my studies I have also always worked part time so it has sometimes been a challenge to juggle work, home and study commitments, particularly around exam time.”

But it was definitely something Amy was able to do successfully, as she is graduating this week with a first class honours degree and has a bright future ahead of her.

“I was lucky enough to secure my graduate job before I had finished my final year. I started in February 2017 part-time and then went full time in June 2017 once I had finished university. I am working for Dyke Yaxley Chartered Accountants, in the Telford office. I am training on accounts preparation and auditing and will soon be doing my professional chartered exams with their support. My ambition is to pass all my chartered exams to become a chartered accountant and progress through the accounting profession.”

Amy would recommend the University to anyone wishing to follow in her footsteps: “The tutors have been great and are real experts in their subjects and I have made some great friends who I hope will remain friends for years to come.”

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