Pearson Business School student David Porter shares his experience going through the Clearing process.
What is your name?
How old are you?
22 years old
Where are you from?
Originally from Northamptonshire, I went to senior school in Edinburgh after we moved to the Scottish Borders.
What is your degree and where are you studying?
BSc (Hons) Business & Enterprise at Pearson College London - I’ve just completed my final year, so am soon to graduate.
What degree had you originally applied for and where?
From a young age I wanted to be a vet, so I applied to study Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge and Nottingham. After being accepted at the University of Edinburgh, I spent one-year studying Veterinary Medicine. However, it was at this point that I came to the difficult decision that it wasn’t the right career choice for me. Therefore, I decided to pursue my passion for business and began my search for degree-courses available through Clearing.
What factors made you finally settle on the course you chose?
I settled on the Business & Enterprise degree course because I believed it would best prepare me for the world of work, whilst giving me the opportunity to explore which areas of business I was most interested in (especially given that I had little prior business exposure after studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-Level). The modules spanned across many different areas of business (e.g. marketing, accountancy, law, business ethics, corporate governance etc.), which I felt would give me a good foundation for whatever future career choice I made. Indeed, it also included a strong focus on entrepreneurship, which particularly attracted me as I had ambitions to start my own business in the future.
What circumstances led you to entering Clearing/Adjustment?
Given my unusual circumstances and the timing of my decision to switch courses, I entered into the Clearing process as I wanted to remain in full-time education without taking a year out to re-apply through UCAS.
Where did you go for help and support throughout the process?
The career team at school were very helpful in providing advice and talking through my options. I was also lucky to have very supportive parents throughout the process, who helped me to focus my search on universities and courses that were best suited to my learning-style and ambitions.
How did you find out what courses were available?
I mainly found out about available courses through independent research. In addition, a few courses/universities were recommended by family and friends. Indeed, I first heard about Pearson College London after my Dad suggested I have a look online after he heard a radio advertisement about its launch which caught his attention.
Did the university offer a clearing day? If you went, was it helpful and did it alleviate any concerns you had?
No, but I did attend a personal visit day. This was crucial in my decision, as it allowed me to see for myself what the university experience would be and allow me to ask any questions that I had. It definitely helped alleviate my concerns - I would highly recommend that you visit, if possible, any university that you are looking to apply to. I found that visiting universities in person significantly influenced my decision as I was able to get a much better understanding of whether it was the right the place for me than I might otherwise by just looking online.
Did you find a place to live easily?
Yes, I chose to live in student halls recommended by Pearson College London for my first year, but there were numerous other independent halls of residence for students studying at different universities across London. Given London’s size and good transport links, it’s easy to find the right place to suit your requirements.
How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy?
I’ve really enjoyed my time at university, it has exceeded my expectations and I’m very proud to be a pioneer at Pearson College London. In particular, I’ve had opportunities that I would not have otherwise received at other traditional universities (e.g. industry days, founding a social enterprise & guaranteed internship). Overall, my degree has built my confidence and skill-base, whilst enhancing my CV.
How has your course supported or changed your career ambitions?
Yes, it’s helped to narrow my career choice and has given me a much clearer understanding of what areas of business I enjoy. Interestingly, these are very different to what I would have answered if you had asked me when I originally applied three-years ago!