Andrea Tucker, My Career

I am quite a creative person and at school art and design technology were my favourite subjects. When leaving I opted for further education at West Notts College studying for a BTEC in fashion design. As well as the design aspect I enjoyed the pattern making, cutting and sewing. It brought my ideas to life and it was fantastic to see my creations being modelled in our mock fashion shows. I did however struggle with the presentation part as I was shy and lacked confidence to stand in front of others to talk about my work. This nervousness led to me only completing my first year.

During my time at college, I was on a work placement designing patterns for children’s clothing. I learned here about pattern repeats and then saw my drawings printed upon fabrics. Whilst studying I worked part time in a newsagents and stationary store.

My first full time job was sewing underwear using various machines. Here I gained an NVQ level 2 in manufacturing sewn products. With redundancies coming up I looked for alternative work and found a vacancy on inspection at a furniture manufacturer. I enjoyed this work and ensured every piece of furniture sent out was of the best quality.

I then moved to Whitemeadow in the same position. Working at a smaller site meant I had time to help in other areas and often helped issue work. I became the coordinator on Inspection and then issuing work to sewing and upholstery when moving site.

When a production supervisors position became available, I applied. I like to keep busy so this job was ideal for me, often solving problems throughout the day to complete loads. Since taking on that role I have gained so much experience and confidence. I have received in house training on many topics with opportunities to educate myself further always available. I completed an IOSH course and have received a level 3 business improvement techniques qualification.

I like to think hard work pays off and I have now moved to site/production manager which I thoroughly enjoy.

My advice to anyone that is lacking confidence is to just go for it. My dad always says “The sky’s the limit” so reach for it and see where it takes you.