Sian Eynon-Jones, MSc Social Work

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Prior to studying an MSc in Social Work with Swansea University, Sian was a primary school teacher for twenty years. We caught up with her to find out about her studies and experiences at Swansea University...

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I was a primary school teacher for twenty years. During that time I taught children from the age of three to eleven as well as post-eleven traveller children. I also have five children of my own, aged between twenty three and eight years old.

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

Swansea University’s proximity to my home town of Llanelli was an important factor in determining the best place to study whilst bringing up my children. However, its small, friendly campus and seaside location were an added bonus, making my time at Swansea very enjoyable.

Can you tell us about your course?

The course included an equal balance of class based study and placement learning opportunities, allowing me to develop a range of practical skills and the theoretical understanding needed to practice with confidence. There was a strong emphasis on reflective practice which enabled me to not only see how these elements fitted together, but also to consider how my personal values could impact upon my practice.

What part of the course did you enjoy the most?

I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to study and embark upon a new career in my late forties and enjoyed the whole of the course. I particularly enjoyed studying ethics and values. It helped me to articulate my own values, to justify my decisions and to question those of others with greater confidence.

Writing my dissertation was probably the most challenging experience, but also the most rewarding. It taught me the value of perseverance and open mindedness, as well as arousing an interest in undertaking further research in the future.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

I personally found the course very tough, so getting to the end and seeing my friends who had supported me getting to the end and getting jobs was my highlight.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

I am enjoying working in adult services, but would like to work in the field of social work research in the future.

How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?

Having an MSc in social work helped me to gain immediate employment, as well as the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to move confidently into a diverse range of settings, from childcare to mental health, should I wish to do so.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?

I would definitely recommend Swansea University to other students. It is a friendly University with supportive staff.