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.