From a young age James Higgins wanted to be a policeman - he has a photo of himself dressed as a policeman when he was aged four. He recently achieved his ambition with the help of a college Foundation Degree in Managing in the Public Sector Services.
After taking his GCSEs James studied A Levels at college and then stayed on to study for the Foundation Degree which he passed with a Distinction. He chose the Foundation Degree because it was related to his chosen career.
I always wanted to work for the police. My uncle was a police sergeant and I did some work experience with him during my GCSEs. When I finished my A Levels the police weren't recruiting and the college degree seemed a step in the right direction. I learnt a lot on my course, particularly about the law and time management. I became a Special Officer whilst studying at college and made it to Rank Sergeant. The Specials are the same as normal police but without the pay. I saw the job as another step towards a career in the police and it made me want to do the job even more.
James finished his degree at college in the summer and within a month he was employed by Avon and Somerset Police Force as an Enquiries Officer. After only two weeks in the job, James got the call he'd been waiting for and he is now employed as a Police Community Support Officer.