Great Year Ahead For Sean
28 August 2012
Sean Mowbray has secured a job, having been elected as the College’s second Student Sabbatical Officer and recently celebrated getting his NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery, but it could all have turned out so differently.
Sean, 19, from Hemlington, left Kings Academy having failed his GCSEs.
During his first year at Middlesbrough College, his grandad, Arthur Jervis, died and this left him devastated.
Sean said: “I was very close to my grandad, he was more like a best friend to me. If I had any problems or I was worried about something it was always him I went to talk to and he never made me feel silly or like it wasn’t important, he just listened and helped me.
“When he died my confidence took a real knock, I was unhappy and unfocused and that had a dramatic effect on my studies. I really struggled to get myself together.
“But the support of all my tutors has helped me find my feet and decide what I want to do. Steve Donnison and Alison Cocking helped me with the course requirements and Lynne Alderson and Carole Bennett were just fantastic.
Sean has recently been elected at the Student Sabbatical Officer at Middlesbrough College following a hard fought contest, and says that “hopefully I can offer that kind of support to the students because I know important it is to have someone you know is on your side.”
When he completes his time as Student Sabbatical Officer, Sean hopes to travel to France to learn French culinary techniques, and his love of catering is not a complete surprise as his Auntie Doris is a chef at the Dubliners in Thornaby.
For now though, Sean is looking forward to continuing his work as Student Sabbatical Officer and celebrating his success with mum Tina Jervis and step-dad Dennis Cooksey.