I think my University experience was much the same as the majority of people – great fun, meeting lots of good friends, learning (a bit), and racking up loads of debts! This does leave you with a bit of a dilemma – while you want to make sure that you pursue the career that is right for you, which can take time to discover, you also want to start to pay back the money you owe. Even more importantly, you want to rent a flat and have money in your pocket.
The financial assistance I received from BSB was invaluable for all of those reasons. It gave me that crucial breathing space to take each step at a time and make sure I found the right company, and the right job. In my case it allowed me to jump ship from my first job (subscription sales) and make a move into online advertising, and still being able to pay my rent in the interim. Subsequently I set up an sales agency with my colleagues from that job, which we have recently sold to France Telecom.
Thank you to everyone at BSB for all of the work you put in that allowed me, and lots of others, the chance to consider their options and find careers that are right for them.