Amy Boyd BSc Social Work
What did you enjoy the most about studying at Swansea University?
I loved the variety provided by the social work degree at Swansea. There was lots of flexibility to allow study in specialisms that interested you as well as constant links to practice and the development of skills necessary for the professional qualification associated with it. I loved studying in Swansea because it provided great graduate employment rates. As well as that, the university was campus based and provided fantastic extracurricular opportunities as well as accommodation.
What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?
I feel I’ve developed my skills in communication which have helped with application forms and the interview process for qualified social worker positions. My ability to analyse and utilise evidence has proven essential to my work. Currently there is a huge emphasis on evidence based practice in social work and these skills developed at university have proven essential. During our first year we learnt about group work and multi-agency working. Whilst I believe that most students in this area already have skills in fields such as team work, the support provided by the university highlighted these as well as giving work specific examples.
Where are you currently working?
I’m currently working at Swansea Social Services as a qualified social worker. I really enjoy working in a role that uses the skills I’ve developed through my degree. I enjoy working in a varied role that supports and works with families to make positive changes. I get great satisfaction from making small changes to look at long term impact on children and young people’s lives.
What would your advice be to new students entering the college?
Keep an open mind when it comes to placement opportunities during the degree course. The work skills that I was able to develop and highlight to employers were unrivalled and transferable to all fields of social work practice. Before starting the social work degree I didn’t want to work in the field I am in now however, a really positive placement in child and family changed my opinion. Keep your eyes on the long term and the range of possibilities this degree can bring.
A social work degree doesn’t mean you have to be a social worker but is the opportunity to open doors in many fields or just a bachelor’s degree with the added bonus of a professionally recognised qualification.
Amy completed her Social Work degree in 2014.