SINGLE mum Julie Brown said her decision to go back into education had even inspired her young daughter.
The 39-year-old from Penryn decided she wanted to do something different with her life and have a career rather than a job.
Having completed an adult and social care diploma at the Falmouth Adult Education Centre, she took on a two-year health and community studies foundation degree course, and has now embarked on the third year to gain her degree.
"I was scared to go back into education, but it was the right thing to do," she said.
"I want to work with children, ideally in children's services, but I've also applied what I've learned to my child. It's very empowering."
She said eight-year-old Jaéd now had aspirations to go to college when she was older.
The course was great, she said, as it included paid and voluntary work placements, giving her work experience to add to her CV.
"Mostly I was at Kernow Positive Support at Truro, doing befriending work," she said.
"I wouldn't normally have gone out into the community and it opened my eyes to what's out there."