Ceris McAllen-Owen BSc Social Work

What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?

The balance between taught lessons and work place learning. How approachable lecturers were and how lectures encouraged learning through discussion.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Legislation and theories are an integral part of social work. Ultimately legislation is what provides us with the duty and power to carry out our work with some of the most vulnerable members of society. Knowing legislation that underpins practice ensures that your practice is fair, safe and lawful.

Theories have also been vital in understanding individuals, families, and communities. Within social wor every aspect of the social work process (assessment, planning and reviewing) is underpinned by theory. Using theories to better understand and intervene in families lives is an integral aspect of social work. Ultimately without this level of understanding you cannot go on to assess the needs of individuals and families which, in turn, will limit your ability to provide effective and appropriate interventions. My learning at the university has equipped me with the academic, practical and emotional skills to be an enthusiastic, motivated and competent social worker.

Where are you currently working?

I currently work with children with disabilities (CWD). I particularly enjoy the safeguarding aspect of working with CWD and the complex nature of this when considering the child, the disability and the family.

What would your advice be to new students?

One aspect of learning that I transferred to the work arena was the importance of working to deadlines. Within social work you are constantly expected to complete reports, arrange reviews and complete assessments within a specific timeframe. Consequently, planning and managing your workload is a skill that can begin to be built upon in University when planning, writing and submitting assignments on time.

Moreover, listen to the other students around you. They will come with their own life history and experiences, and will each have their own reasons for joining the degree. These aspects are what make studying the social work degree in Swansea such a rich tapestry of diversity. And this will stand you in good stead for the world of work within social work, wherever that may be!

Ceris completed her Social Work degree in 2010.