Abigail’s Story


Hi my name is Abigail Spark. I go to Nairn Academy and I started S5 just before the summer holidays. I’m currently doing three Highers in Biology, RMPS and English and one National 5 in Maths.

“As soon as I looked at it, I thought “this is the course for me”

I discovered schools/college courses at Inverness College UHI through my guidance teacher. I was intrigued to find out more, so I looked up the courses that Inverness College provided for school pupils and I came across the Skills for Work Hospitality course. As soon as I looked at it, I thought “this course is for me” because I have never been one for being able to talk to people I don’t know and I thought this course could really help me out.

Before going into the course I started looking into hospitality a little more and I thought to myself that I could pursue a career in this industry. The pathway I have chosen offers me the qualifications I need to pursue this in the future and also the confidence I need to go through with it. I have to thank my lecturer and the friends I made in my course for helping me throughout my time in college but I do also have to thank my family and also my friend who wasn’t in college with me but was really supportive.

I am hoping I can get a job in a hotel or a job in party planning in the future because I feel like those are the two things I want to do.

I’m planning to go back to do the Skills for Work Professional Cookery course this year and then the HNC in Hospitality and I think after that I will be ready to choose a career in either the hotel industry or events. I’ll just wait and see what the future has in store for me!

Abigail is one of our senior phase bloggers, contributing to the Scottish Government campaign #MyLearnerJourney which aims to highlight alternative pathways to learning. You can also read about our commitment to providing alternative pathways for senior phase pupils and the work we undertake with SCQF.

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