When mother of three, Nathaly, researched career options she decided she wanted to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Having left school with few formal qualifications, she contacted De Montfort University in Leicester to enquire about their Pharmacy degree and was advised to enrol on the Access to Higher Education (Science) Diploma at Leicester College first. Wanting to prepare for higherlevel study, Nathaly first completed level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy and attended Rutland Adult Learning for further maths teaching. Nathaly also read self-study AS-level science books at home and then completed the Access course in 2010. Nathaly is due to begin her degree in September 2011 and aims to volunteer as an assistant in adult and primary education classes too, so she can pass on her love of science.
Despite having family responsibilities, a lack of income and managing a visual impairment, Nathaly’s determination means she is on track to her chosen career. “I truly hope that I can inspire people who are in a similar situation to me, to step out of the boat and make the first steps towards a life-changing experience,” reflected Nathaly.