Sharon Shepherd faced a change of career, a change that was not her choice. Subsequently, she found herself in a position where she was lost and did not know which direction to take.
“I studied in the wrong field and consequently couldn’t find any stable work. I ended up unemployed for a while and on benefits. This was a difficult time not only for me, but for my family too. I struggled long and hard and the whole time I did not want my burden to become my family’s burden.
I was unable to pay the bills in time and nor was I able to provide my son with what he needed. Although my son was not aware of my battles, I knew I wasn’t just fighting for myself. As a mother, I wanted the best for him; I wanted to save him from the consequences of my hard times.
The journey was tough and, at times, giving up seemed like my only option. However, I was attending the Monday financial services at the UCKG where I learned how to use my faith, and my mind was opened up to countless possibilities.
I wanted my career and financial life back and so I decided to take action. Soon after God started opening doors for me.
In the past, I wasn’t able to have a bank credit card; however, shortly after, I was offered one. I had also been refused a phone contract, but now I have one. The bank even offered me a loan, which I refused.
In the present day, I have a new career. I have been given the chance to study for free, I have completed my level 3 Health and Social Care, and I am currently studying for my level 5 Health and Social Care qualification.
This has opened up a new path for me and I even have the choice of opening my own consultancy. I have also gained my QCF Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS) qualifications, so I can teach in my chosen profession very soon.
I went from being lost, unemployed and confused, to abundantly blessed with everything that I needed to head in the right direction: the direction that leads to success.
I fought for what I had lost and I took back what was mine, not just for myself but for my family too. I got back the direction I had been seeking.
The UCKG has given me hope, a new life, and a clear focus.”