AN IT worker at Sussex Coast College Hastings has been given a prestigious award after beating an anxiety problem to go back to school.
Graham Payton was a director and joint shareholder of a multi-million pound computer company he had set up when, in 2008, he was forced to step down after doctors diagnosed him with mental health issues.
The 36-year-old started working at the town centre college and began studying to update his professional qualifications and gain a Cisco networking basics certificate.
And, despite having to juggle his lessons with full-time work and his anxiety problems, Mr Payton completed the course and was also awarded as runner-up spot at the University of Brighton’s higher education awards.
He said: “I fitted the course in around work and family life. I studied hard at home in between sessions using all the recommended resources to make sure I got excellent results.
“Since I was registered disabled, I have needed to discover new ways of learning. I now have a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence and the course has re-ignited my passion for IT.”