Lynne couldn’t be happier

Lynne Gavin left school at 16 with few qualifications, had her first daughter at 18 and her second at 24.

“After raising my girls I decided I wanted to get back into work but worried that after 12 years I didn’t have the skills needed. My girls and fiancé pushed me to apply to Dundee and Angus College to study a course that would give me the office skills I would need to be successful.”

Lynne signed up for an HNC in Business Administration and IT and enjoyed it so much she progressed to an HND despite suffering serious health issues.

“I have fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis which means I use a walking stick. I also had two carpal tunnel surgeries done while at college so I have had obstacles to overcome but I took my time and with support from my family, friends and lecturers I got through it.

“At the end of my HNC year I was given a Student of the Year award – I didn't even realise I had been nominated! I took my mum and dad to the ceremony and felt very proud that night.”

After graduating this year, Lynne says she couldn’t be happier.

“I’m currently waiting for surgery but, after I recover, I have plans to get back into employment. I'd love to work in the NHS as a medical secretary or an office manager.”

Picture: Lynne celebrating with her grandson Elliot.