Rachel Davies BSc Health and Social Care
What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?
I enjoyed the range of modules and I liked living by the beach.
What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?
My writing improved throughout the course. I got to understand the importance of research. I also learnt how to use references well. I guess this enabled me to write my job application to a high standard. I also talked about evidence based practice in my interview. When I received interview feedback I was told that this particular comment impressed the interviewer. I also talked about the current merging of health and social care. I was able to talk about things from both elements.
What have you gone on to do since graduating?
In the October of my third year of university I got onto the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) nurse bank. This enhanced my clinical skills. Prior to this I had worked for Barnardos for four years, taking vulnerable children out into the community. These two jobs, my degree and personal experiences combined then allowed me to get a job as an Occupational Therapy Technician in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Where are you currently working? What are you enjoying most?
I am an Occupational Therapy Technician (OT) in CAMHS in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB). I thoroughly enjoy this job. I’ve always wanted to become an OT. I work among an extremely skilled and experienced team of 5 other Occupational Technician’s and they have supported my development greatly. In CAMHS, there aren’t the time constraints to care that physical wards experience. I like this, it allows me to think about the therapy I provide (each patients case and what will help them can be so different, even if they have the same diagnosis – this encourages patient centered care). However, we are very busy with planning, documenting, community work and effectively communicating between teams. Each day is different.
What would your advice be to new students?
Really try and figure out what health profession you would like to go into early on. Whether it’s management, nursing, physiotherapy or whatever. Then gear your learning throughout the health and social care course to this. Also get as much work experience in as you can. Build networks that will help you get a job when you finish university.
Rachel completed her Health and Social Care degree in 2014.