Kellan Clarke

Business student Kellan Clarke has recently finished studying at City College with big plans to one day launch his own business. Before he finished his course, he spoke about his time at the College. 

A former pupil of Callington Community College, Kellan originally decided against studying at City College due to the time it would take to travel from his home in Gunnislake. Instead, he opted for another local college, where he began studying performing arts, Spanish and business. Kellan, who says he has always made decisions based on what feels right, quickly decided this other college was not for him, and a friend convinced him to look at City College. 

Having decided that the Level 3 Diploma in Business was the course for him, Kellan was pleased to discover that his timetable made commuting quite straightforward; however, Kellan added that what the College could offer would have made the longer journey time worth it.

Kellan said: “I had originally decided against City College as it would involve having to get a train in from Cornwall; but I am so pleased I made the move.

“Based on how much I enjoyed my first year, the opportunities that I was given, and the incredible support I received from the lecturers, I chose to stay on for an additional year, which will result in me gaining a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. 

“I have always enjoyed business studies – I achieved an A grade at GCSE – but what I love most about this course is how versatile it is. The skills you take away from this course can be applied to a huge number of occupations.

“Our lecturers always talk to us as adults and treat us in such a way, which builds a mutual respect between everyone. Being in such an environment allows me to really succeed in my work and enjoy the company of my course mates.” 

For Kellan, other course highlights include the various trips both abroad and closer to home, and the different speakers who regularly visit the College. Kellan added: “All of these experiences do so much for our professional development.”

Kellan said he also appreciated the lecturers taking the time to get to know the students as individuals. He said: “The staff understand how we best learn, achieve, fail and thrive. Everything they do is catered to you, including the extensive resources they put together to help us through each unit.”

Kellan has just started a new job as a business development manager for a marketing company, where he will be able to put his new skills into practice.

Kellan said: “This course has inspired me to want to become an entrepreneur – but it can take you down many paths. Keep an open mind and give everything a try. It might not all be for you, but it is an excellent experience and the skills you will gain are invaluable.”