Caolin Love's journey from being a former South West College (SWC) Health and Social Care student at the Enniskillen Campus to inspiring the next generation through primary school teaching is a great example of the positive impact education can have on individuals and their communities.

Following his GCSEs, Caolin completed the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care, paving the way for many Higher Education opportunities.

The Derrygonnelly local discovered his passion for education during his time at SWC. Through the comprehensive and supportive educational environment provided, Caolin not only gained valuable knowledge in his field but also discovered a calling to make a positive impact on young lives.

Caolin's journey through Further Education was not straightforward, but his dedication saw him work through setbacks and eventually gain a DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) grading in his BTEC. He found SWC's teaching style and independence to be better suited to him than school, with smaller class sizes allowing for a more personalised teaching approach.

When Caolin suffered a serious leg injury during his first year, the College made amendments to enable him to complete work remotely and attend when he was well enough, using a wheelchair and afterward, on crutches. Thanks to the excellent support he received at SWC, Caolin completed his BTEC, progressed to study the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Stranmilis, completing his teaching qualification with a PGCE and is now acting as a sub-teacher.

After completing his studies Caolin chose to channel his passion into the field of primary school teaching.

Caolin is now an integral part of Killyhommon Primary School where he brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge from his college experience to the classroom.

Reflecting on his journey, Caolin explains “I loved my time at SWC. The teaching style suited me better than school and prepared me for university life. My tutors saw my ability and believed in me, which in turn made me have confidence in myself.”

Teaching as a career is also a very flexible qualification for young people who want to explore the world. Caolin plans to travel, utilising his skillset while he is there.

“Next year I’m hoping to go to Australia and teach while I’m there, friends of mine are working in the Middle East for example. It's a hugely rewarding job and I honestly feel privileged to get to do it every day.”

Caolin advises students to speak to their tutors and career advisors, get some work experience or placements in a school to get a feel for what it’s really like, and speak to any teachers they might know to learn from their experience.

There are many different paths to get into teaching, so explore your options. Why not follow in Caolin's footsteps and apply for the Level 3 Health and Social Care, Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, or BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programs at SWC? With the right support and dedication, you too could inspire the next generation as a teacher.

Applications are open now, apply online at search, health and social care.