Nigel was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2003 and underwent treatment. In remission, but unable to work, he decided to make use of his time by enrolling on a European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) course at Thurrock Adult Community College in 2005, which he passed in just six months.
He then completed ECDL Advanced, as well as CLAIT Plus, hoping the more qualifications he had, the better chance he had of finding work. When Nigel began supporting other students in the class, it was suggested that he should became a volunteer, which he did, helping others for six hours each week. He continued studying too, passing Numeracy and Literacy Level 2, among other courses.
Nigel is now employed as a casual IT lecturer at the college, and passed a qualification to teach in the lifelong learning sector at the beginning of 2010. Nigel will begin a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector in October 2010 so he can further his teaching skills.