AN IGHTFIELD woman has proved that it's never too late to follow your dreams after securing two university offers.

Jeni Knight, 43, thought the chance of landing her dream job in forensic science had passed her by.

But after enrolling on an access science course at Telford College, she has now secured offers from both Keele and Chester universities – the final stepping stone to a career in criminology.

During her studies Jeni won the Second Time Around prize at the 2019 Telford College Awards, and was also nominated for a prize at the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Learner Awards.

Jeni is on medication for fibromyalgia which has side-effects including memory loss and lack of concentration, and also has to consider the needs of her 15-year-old who has Asperger syndrome.

Both of these issues meant Jeni felt her goals were out of reach, until attending an open day at Telford College.

"Up until recently I thought my age, my two children and my lack of qualifications would restrict me," said Jeni. “I saw an advert for a Telford College open day and decided to go along just to check it out.

"I was called a few weeks later for an interview, and was really excited when they not only accepted me onto the course, but were willing to help with my restrictions due to my health.”

“In the time I have been at the college I feel I have grown as a person and found a new confidence in myself. I have made new friends, and my tutor is a great support to me. I know I can talk to her and she will listen.

"Now have a great relationship with all teachers, and am pleased with the marks I am getting on my assignments. I believe I can get better and better.”

Telford College tutor Jay Patel is impressed by Jeni's perseverance on the course, despite the challenges she faces.

“Jeni has shown a strong commitment towards completing the course, despite facing many personal and health challenges," said Jay.

“From the unsure learner who enrolled in September, Jeni has become much more confident and this has been reflected in her assignment work, which continues to improve and is now achieving merits and distinctions."