Student Profile: Hannilee, BPP Law School
Hannilee juggles a demanding BPTC course at BPP Law School, while setting up and running her business iKan Health focusing on workspace wellbeing. We think her determination is admirable and are proud to support her.
I am originally from St Albans, Herts but now I would classify myself as a 'Landaner', though not a cool one :). I am studying the BPTC Part-Time. I chose a career change because of some involvement in my mother's trial at the Royal Courts of Justice, as a litigant in person where we won on Breach of Contract - enjoyed the experience of being in court, setting two legal precedents and researching law. Before this, I had a career in Marketing, including being an Analyst for Tesco.
How did you come across Future Finance and why did you choose us?
I found FF through my university,BPP and chose them to pay of the last part of my fees and some living expenses. I liked FF for many reasons. Firstly, not being penalised if we payed back the loan early, which is my intention. Secondly, lower interest than I found anywhere else. Thirdly, you only pay the interest on the loan (which is very low) and don't have to start paying back larger sums until one month after graduation.
How did you find our customer service and experience in general?
The customer service has been one of the best customer services I have experienced since being away from the USA (I played soccer out there). In the US, people get tips to be nice, FF are just nice! Very helpful - go the extra mile.
What makes Future Finance different to other finance providers?
Customer service - top stuff. They made me feel at ease when it's stressful borrowing money!
Why did you choose BPP?
BPP catered for my speaking schedule - I could not speak about my book, One Minute Miracles and help others or start a business if I had chosen another university.
You’ve started your own business, tell us a little bit about it.
Yes, wow, what an honour to do this, it's been hard and easy at times, but mainly rewarding and so right. iKan Health helps to create socially intelligent companies through workplace wellbeing. After having my own experience of burn-out, I found that wellbeing should be considered more seriously in the workplace. Too many people are under too much stress, whether that's deadline pressures, coping with change, workload pressures or ineffective management. Stress can make people sick and can cause mental health issues.
To build resilience, handle stress and perform at your peak, wellbeing should be considered seriously. iKan Health offers wellbeing training, programmes and strategy by taking a 360 degree look at your company health. We have a reputation for providing the highest standard of service. Get in touch for more info - I suspect you know companies that have stressed employees? Future Finance? Tee hee (would love a trip to Dublin).
What advice would you give to someone that is thinking of starting their own business?
There is so much I can say on this. I guess running a business is like having a baby - it's easy to conceive (generally), the unknown of parenting is scary, you lose sleep in the early stages, it costs resources, you clear up their poop, they are not stable in the beginning but the rewards are incredible. I get to impact lives, I build amazing relationships with clients, I get to tailor my own schedule and be the driver of my career (in this way). Like having a child, the result is too incomprehensible to not do it. So, take it a step at a time, celebrate the little successes and get started. Then when it feels tough, know you are not alone and that this too shall pass. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't scary at times, but feel the fear and do it anyway. FEAR is an acronym for - Face Everything And Recover. Enjoy the growing of your baby!
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