Natalie Isaacs works at the fingerprint centre for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Oudsthoorn. Now in her final year of studies with Oxbridge Academy, she shares the ups and downs of her journey with us.

Natalie (43), has worked in human resources at the local SAPS office for the past eight years. She started studying later than most, realising that she needed to improve herself if she wanted to reach her ultimate goals.

“It took me a while to start studying. But I realised that if I wanted to make my way up the ranks, I needed to get a qualification behind my name. Now I am in my final year (N6 Human Resources Management) with Oxbridge, before I can gain my Diploma! And it has all been worth it,” she says.

Dealing with medical issues

Natalie has knee problems which cause tremendous pain to her every year.

“It happens to me every year. I visited my doctor a few weeks ago with knee pain. He told me ‘well you know it’s that time of year again!’, where I would be experiencing problems with my knees,” she says.

Natalie says that this caused her some struggles with coping with her studies. But she was determined to push through.

“I have had a number of knee operations and it makes it difficult because I am unable to sit for long periods of time. But I didn’t allow it to demotivate me.”

Tips for success in distance learning

Natalie has managed to balance work with her distance learning studies. She says that overall, the experience has been excellent.

“If you put in the hard work, sit down and put your mind to it, the experience can be highly rewarding. At whatever stage of your life, you need to make time for yourself. Focus on bettering yourself and making a better future for yourself.”

She adds that during the Covid-19 pandemic, she used some of the spare time she had to concentrate on her studies.

“We changed to shift work so I had some extra time. I used this time to focus on my studies. Everybody knows that times are very difficult now. But you must always stay positive and motivate yourself. And realise that you are doing this for your future and for your family.”

Natalie’s ultimate goal is to go even further with her studies, and rise to the top of her field.

“I don’t want to be just Natalie with a Matric certificate. I want to be Natalie with a Diploma, and then maybe even go up to studying my Masters degree. At the end of the day, I want to rise as high as I can possibly go.”

Thank you, Natalie, for sharing you story with our students and us. We trust that your hard work and dedication serves as an inspiration to others!

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