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I took a 'start your own business' course and it really paid off

Christine had worked for herself for years restoring antiques with gold leaf, but had to admit that her business wasn’t working for her. “...

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Image of Rosalind Waterman, City Lit student Image of Rosalind Waterman, City Lit student

I discovered a love of creative writing

Rosalind Waterman was unsure about trying her hand at creative writing, but a friend could see she had natural flair and encouraged her to give it a g...

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Image of Matthew Brotherton, City Lit student Image of Matthew Brotherton, City Lit student

I can go to Italy and communicate with the locals

Matthew Brotherton has friends in Italy and, after enjoying trying to speak a bit of Italian while in the country, he decided to join an evening class...

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I explored English literature and found it fascinating

“I had been out of education for a while and wanted to be reintroduced to it before I started my PGCE,” explained Florence Afolabi. She jo...

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I trained as a fitness instructor and now have a job I love

When Shanice Cartey took her first fitness instructing course, she felt that she had really found her niche. As a single mother of four, she chose par...

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I studied French and amazed myself by ending up at university

“I always had a desire and passion to learn French,” said Jenny. Having followed this interest in various ways throughout her life, she ca...

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I tried out various art courses and discovered a real talent

Lorne first started at City Lit on creative writing and literacy courses, but he soon started exploring the visual arts. He tried pottery and bronze c...

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I wanted to change path and focus on a career in ceramics

Lesley was working as a marketing manager for a mental health charity after working in media and communication for 20 years, when she started the cour...

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The opportunity came up - so I went for it!

Robert Peart is a graphic designer working for an award-winning design company in London. He always had an interest in philosophy and wanted to find o...

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Former City Lit drama student and now actor/director David Monteith Former City Lit drama student and now actor/director David Monteith

I gained friends, professions and a new perspective

David Monteith developed a love of acting at school, but was encouraged to get "proper' qualifications", so he ended up with ...

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Jeff Hammill, City Lit speech therapy student Jeff Hammill, City Lit speech therapy student

I was taught to not to let my stammer hold me back

Jeff Hammill was made redundant when the investment company he was working for got hit by the credit crunch. "I knew I would have to...

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My stand-up comedy course has helped me to give presentations for my work

Dave is an IT strategy analyst  and had never studied or performed anything related to entertainment before. He decided to take a 'Stand-up ...

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My new self-esteem has helped others

"I was looking for a new direction in my working career, and the course, diploma in practitioner counselling, has changed me life.
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I'm now a full-time photographer, thanks to City Lit

“I only wanted to learn how to use my camera, but I discovered a new passion in the creative arts which I never realised I had.

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Windsor castle is my new office

“I joined a bookbinding course at City Lit to further my skills, which led to a new job conserving books at Windsor Castle.

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From professional actor to full-time student

“I was feeling jaded about my acting career and needed to revive my energy. I also knew that if I were to change the direction of my career, it ...

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City Lit learners on their motivations to learn

Watch the video below where we talk to City Lit learners about their reasons for coming to City Lit and why they continue studying.

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City Lit learners discuss their classroom experiences

 Watch the video below where we ask City Lit learners about their tutors and their experiences in the classroom and at the college.

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City Lit learners talk about their learning experiences at the college

Watch the video below featuring some of our learners nominated for national Adult Learner awards who reveal why they enjoy learning and coming to City...

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