Leah is looking forward to a career working with children and families.
'I want to empower individuals to take control of their lives, and be a voice for children who feel underappreciated.'
I chose to study at a higher level because I wanted to get into social work. I wanted to empower individuals to take control of their lives, and be a voice for children who feel underappreciated. I decided to study at Teesside because I was always made to feel welcome – from the first open day I attended, I got a really good feeling about the University.
The best thing about my course has been the placements – they enabled me to see what social work looks like in the real world. My placements also helped me to further establish that this is the job for me. I also especially enjoyed the modules around the law, safeguarding and working with children, young people and families.
Over the course of three years I have completed two placements and two shadowing days. In my first year, I shadowed in a local authority first contact team which helped me build my understanding of what actually happens when a referral is received. My second-year placement was in a women’s domestic abuse refuge – I absolutely loved this placement and it opened my eyes to a lot of issues which affect families. During my final year, I was placed with a children’s safeguarding team in a local authority – this showed me what fast-paced social work was like, and gave me the opportunity to be responsible for my own caseload.
I stayed in University accommodation in my first year and I absolutely loved it – it was a great experience. Even though I didn’t know anyone, it made moving to University easier because I bonded so quickly with my housemates. I’ve made friends for life and I am very glad that I decided to live in halls.
One of the great things about the area is that everything is so close – the walk into the town centre is no more than ten minutes and there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. I also love the nightlife in Teesside. There’s something happening every night and I am never stuck for somewhere to go. I’ve found that the cost of living in Teesside is much cheaper than other areas, which is ideal for a student on a budget.
I have found Teesside to be a very welcoming university and would recommend it to any prospective student. I would also recommend my course; although I have found it challenging at times I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given.
I have already secured a job as a social worker in a local authority, working with children and families. I believe the skills I have developed and the placements I have been offered on my course helped me to secure this role.