From student to tutor

Last time we checked in with Jessica Shirley, it was 2016 and she had recently completed online study with TANZ eCampus. Nervous about walking into a traditional classroom, online study was just what she needed to achieve her goals.

“There was a time in my life when I would never have been brave enough to step inside a classroom, due to anxiety problems. Having the option to study at home, in a safe and familiar environment, was hugely beneficial,” said Jessica.

Fast forward two years and Jessica is now a tutor at TANZ eCampus – sharing her knowledge of digital photography, video production and web development with learners.

“I am, where I am today, due to study. Online study has made me thirsty for learning. I now get to share my passion every day. It’s great.”

Jessica says the courses she tutors are designed to give learners practical knowledge which they can use to make a difference to both their work and home life.

“Digital photography is a skill everyone should learn. Professional photography really makes a difference to the finished photo. And the best thing is it’s easily taught. The course is practical and a joy to do. We have helped young people, retirees, business owners and parents wanting to capture their family life. It is just fantastic. The video production course is a little more in depth than photography, it will teach learners the basics of quality video production and includes composition and process. While the front-end web design course is for anyone who wants to build their own website from scratch. We really will give you the skills to create a new website without a template. It’s very cool. I just love watching people sparkle as they learn how to do something new.”

Working part time at TANZ eCampus and on campus at NMIT, the mother of two has a full schedule. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I think it’s really important to have a dream and a goal to achieve. Study can change your life. I would never have imagined this future for me. But the reality is, with study you just never know where you will end up. That’s what makes it so special.

Be sure to check out our full range of Student Success Stories and if you would like to learn more about the qualification that Jessica achieved, take a look at our short Photography Course.