My main motivation for applying for the Social Policy degree as a mature student was to develop skills gained through my former career in retail management. After having my daughter, I was also looking for a family-friendly career.
When I first started the course, I was unsure where my ambitions lay but by the time I began my second year I knew I wanted to pursue a career in academia.
Whilst on the course, I took every opportunity to enhance my skills through extra-curricular activities. I played an active role in the student body, acting as college ambassador and subject representative, working closely with students and staff to ensure student opinion was heard at all levels of the University.
In my final year I took on an internship organising and managing work placements for students at the College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University. Following this I volunteered myself within the department as a placement officer. On graduation I was presented with an award for outstanding contribution to the student experience, it was a real honour winning an award for something I love doing.
Studying at Swansea University has been such a rewarding experience, the best part was being taught by such inspiring, motivational tutors. It truly has been a stimulating course that has taught me so much about social policy but also about myself.
I am currently working full-time at Swansea University as an Employability Tutor at the College of Human and Health Sciences. This has given me the chance to put my skills to good use, and being a part of the team that helped me gain such knowledge is a real honour.
I am also studying part time for a PGCE, which includes a teaching placement within the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Science at Swansea University.
My aspiration, following my PGCE, is to further my knowledge to advance onto a teaching excellence PhD, so that I can help motivate more students to aim high, recognise their potential and support them in reaching it.
I am a Mentor.