Lessons learned at university help graduate in the pursuit of success
A University of Wolverhampton graduate returned to campus recently to launch her new book – The Pursuit of Success.
Chantel Brooks, who studied for a degree in Compulsory Education in the School of Education at the University’s Walsall Campus, graduated in 2012.
In the book, the author and educator takes readers on a personal journey through her own school and career progression. Aimed at teenagers on the cusp of taking their GCSEs, the book offers invaluable insight and guidance for navigating the many challenges encountered throughout the education journey.
From the nerve-wracking anticipation of Results Day to the daunting decision of whether university is the right path, Chantel draws on her own experiences to offer honest and relatable advice. But this book is not just about exams and career choices - it also delves into the emotional complexities of being a teenager in today's world.
As someone who has often felt like a square peg in a round hole, Chantel understands the pressures and anxieties that come with trying to fit in while staying true to herself. Throughout the book, she explores different perspectives, including those of students, parents, teachers, employers, and entrepreneurs, offering a well-rounded view of what it takes to succeed in the modern world.
Chantel started her career in banking but moved into teaching in Further Education and then Secondary Education where she was promoted to Curriculum Leader in 2021. After being made redundant, she started to work at a Birmingham school and became Subject Leader for Business.
She said: “My book is a reminder that it's never too late to chart your own path. With a mix of personal anecdotes, practical advice, and inspiring insights, this book is a must-read for any teenager who wants to make the most of their school years and beyond.
“My favourite memory of studying at the University of Wolverhampton was coming in on a Saturday and spending the day finishing my dissertation. I worked full-time and had 2 young children so being able to shut myself away and get the work done was priceless. Walsall Campus has some great buildings and spaces which are ideal for this! It felt right that I launched my book at the University where I studied.
“I want to continue to write – maybe a book to help young people who come from broken homes - and I’m planning to run an education conference next February. And somewhere in between, I’d like to study for my Master’s degree in Education.
“I enjoyed my time studying at the University. Walsall is a lovely campus! The staff are approachable and they will help you to do the very best you can and believe in you enough that you will start to believe in yourself.”
Chantel's book is available to buy on Amazon.
After graduation, graduates become members of the Alumni Association and are encouraged to keep in touch, to take advantage of a wide range of benefits and support on offer, including a discount for postgraduate study.
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