Mark Gatland could never have imagined what course his life would take when he signed up for an Adult Education Counselling course at Hills Road Sixth Form College last year.
This week he has seen the power of the internet truly at work when a blog he wrote on his recently acquired website, about the dilemma facing working dads, went viral!
Mark has an 18 month old son, Harry, and after responding to a post he came across about the working versus the stay-at-home mum dilemma, his fellow blogger posted Mark’s page on her Facebook page, causing the increase in interest to his blog.
Mark said, “I decided to enrol onto a part-time Adult Education course in Counselling at Hills Road Sixth Form College as I have always had an interest in Counselling and thought gaining a professional qualification was vital. After completing the Counselling skills level 2 course, I have progressed to the level 3 course, which I am currently studying. I decided to purchase the domain name of ‘The Cambridge Counsellor’ so that I could set up my website with a view to starting my own Counselling business.”
Mark said, “I had no idea that things were about to take off in a direction I could only have dreamed about!”
Mark will be completing the Counselling skills level 3 course at the end of this year by which time he will have gained a Certificate in Counselling allowing him to progress to Level 4 and become a qualified Counsellor in 2015. He is hoping that the change in career direction will mean that he will be available to look after Harry more flexibly than his current job allows.
A recent published survey has revealed that more than a fifth of men wish they had looked after their children rather than returning to work.
You can read Mark’s blog at www.thecambridgecounsellor.co.uk and you can also find out more about Hills Road Adult Education courses at www.hillsadulteducation.co.uk
Link to the Cambridge News article about Mark www.cambridge-news.co.uk