How the Clearing whirlwind opens doors

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies graduate Will Suggs tells us how Clearing opened up new career opportunities for him

“I was quite stressed during the entire period; I think it’s hard not to be. By its design the majority of people don’t necessarily choose to be in Clearing, but all of the advisors were great with me. It’s not something I really had time to plan or expect. It was a whirlwind.

Will Sugg

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Clearing opened doors for me


I didn’t have a lot of choice with regards to Clearing. My A levels were not as I expected. I was being messed around by another university, so I needed to explore other options open to me.

Plymouth were the only option offering me the course I was interested in. I knew what I wanted to do and Plymouth was the best option for me.

I was quite stressed during the entire period; I think it’s hard not to be. By its design, the majority of people don’t necessarily choose to be in Clearing, but all of the advisors were great with me. It’s not something I really had time to plan or expect. It was a whirlwind.

I could not fault the Clearing process at Plymouth. The advisor – Heidi, if I remember correctly – was fantastic. I hope she’s still around. She kept me in the loop at every stage and calmed my nerves about the whole process.

I phoned on results day and kept in contact over the next few days until it was confirmed. I then came to the city for an open day a few days later.

My advice is to have a clear vision of what course you want, and make sure you articulate that to the advisor. They’re there to help you get the right course for you, so let them help!

I ended up studying two degrees at Plymouth as a result of going through Clearing, spending five years in the city and having the best time ever with the best people ever. 

A study highlight was my study trip to Hungary, though so many of the best memories I made at university came from outside the lecture theatres.

Many doors have opened to me since I graduated from Plymouth. As a result of achieving my two degrees I’ve had career opportunities I wouldn’t have had without them.

I’ve just purchased my first house in a brand new city, but one day I’d love to do a PhD maybe a return to Plymouth will happen!


Will is now an Email Account Executive at Communisis.

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