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Michele Cooke - Culinary Skills

My name is Michele and I've been a student on the Culinary Skills course in National Learning Network's Roslyn Park College since September of last year. Before I started the course, I had been a little lost.
I had a bereavement in my family and an injury meant that I had to give up my previous career as a legal secretary. I was attending grief counselling in Glenmalure Day Hospital when I heard about Roslyn Park College. I knew that I needed to make a change in my life; to find something that I loved, something that I was passionate about. I took a tour of the college and the minute I walked into the college canteen I knew that I’d find my new home!
The Culinary Skills course is everything that I hoped it would be. I’ve learned so much in such a small space of time, I’ve even conquered dessert-making, quite an achievement given that I don’t have a sweet tooth! The level of training that I’ve received from Paul and Tony has been second to none. Because there is continuous intake to the course, the students are at different levels, but with training is individualised and we are encouraged to work away at our own pace. There’s a real understanding and respect for students here. It’s such a friendly and exciting learning environment that it’s a pleasure to come into college every day.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’d love to be able to use the skills that I’ve learned to build a career in the catering industry. I’ve found a new passion in life and for life, and that’s thanks to Roslyn Park College.