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In school I was used to being told what to do and not having any say in the matter. I had become used to the usual cycle of school life and could predict what I would be doing day by day, so when it came to completing my GCSEs I was excited to take the plunge into independence when starting a college course.
As requested by Northampton College, I recently took the lead on a trophy design project for the Northampton Logistic Awards 2018. The college has recently purchased a laser cutter, inspiring a new wave of creativity, opening doors of possibilities in production and accuracy almost impossible to achieve by hand. Using a laser beam to cut the trophies, we were able to cut complex shapes and engrave text to a variety of depths by altering the sensitivity of the beam.
When my manager told me she had volunteered my name to take part in Northampton College’s Big Rig Low Carbon challenge, I actually laughed. My qualification is in Business Administration, where I feel comfortable so I never believed I’d be doing anything like this, but here I was, out of my comfort zone again.
A recent article has suggested that the robot workplace revolution currently underway means that fewer human jobs will be available in Northamptonshire in the future as automation takes hold.
This apparent susceptibility to automation is because of the particular make-up of our economic sector which has a strong emphasis on logistics and manufacturing. Actually, our region is one of the best performing in the UK in terms of productivity, although some of this is led by particularly highly productive parts of the area.
I have always been academic. I have nine GCSEs from A-C and three A Levels from A-B. I was that kid who loved school, adored homework and always had her head stuck in a book.
My mum used to worry that I was too ‘book smart’, and didn’t have enough experience in the ‘real world’ – the world of work. And she was right.