I think one of the most important things I gained from my time at University was the belief and confidence in myself that I can achieve. During my school years with my learning difficulties, dyslexia and dyscalculia I was told that I would find University too difficult. I started University when I was 23 and I am so glad that the University of Suffolk was my home town University, with living in Felixstowe. I actually ended up with a 2:1 and achieved many 1st class assignments. I found my first year of University very difficult but with the support of my tutors and the support team I was able to achieve a grade that I feel so proud of.
When I left University, I went to work for a company called MyGo, a youth employment coaching service and my knowledge of SEND (from my BSc(hons) Disability Studies) helped me with this. When the funding went and MyGo ended, I stayed on with People Plus and gained my Level 4 Certificate in Education and my Mental Health First Aid instructor training qualification. I became a trainer and delivered qualified courses focusing on Health and Wellbeing and SEND. We worked with adults who faced many barriers from homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse, mental health and others. I felt so passionate being able to help other people achieve qualifications and knowledge along with raising their aspirations, it is such an amazing experience and I know my degree helped me to achieve this role.
I stayed with PeoplePlus for three years, they are a great company, but I missed working with young people and I now work as an Enterprise Coordinator for the New Anglia LEP. I work with schools and colleges in the Ipswich opportunity area, supporting careers education. I absolutely love my job, I work with a great team of passionate individuals and a supportive company. I get to help make a difference in raising aspirations for young people and helping them to have meaningful encounters with the world of work.
Before I completed my degree, I was a little lost, I knew I wanted to work in a role where I could help support people and make a difference and now, I am working in a job which I love to do. Sunday mornings aren’t filled with dread any more but gratitude knowing I get to do something I love.
I do not think my career would have been so successful if it was not for my time at the UOS. So as you can see I am very grateful and passionate about UOS, I have so much respect for Dr Allison Boggis and the support and belief she had in me.
UOS really did help shape my career.
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