ARMY spouse Sophie Fernandes-McLaren says she feels like she’s about to ‘have her cake and eat it’ after completing the six-month Digital Mums social media manager course, won in a competition run by AFF.

From being disillusioned in the job market, Sophie is now qualified and is mapping out her future business plans.

“At 28, with three children, essentially no usable qualifications and a disability, I wasn’t screaming employment potential – or that’s how it felt,” she told us. “I came across the competition from AFF and I felt it was speaking out to me.”

Joining the course was still a massive step for Sophie, but she felt that Digital Mums had a style that understands the needs and feelings of the women that join.

She said: “They took great care to guide us. Learning something, understanding it enough to implement and then actually gaining traction on my social platforms was incredibly rewarding, knowing what it means for my future and how it will enable me to help provide for my family.

“This course fitted around my commitments and I will be able to start building a path for myself on my terms for the first time.”

Sophie is now setting up her own business and looking forward to providing services to independent stores in her area.

Search for ‘Motherhood hit me like’ for more on Sophie. For details about Digital Mums, visit

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