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Leah Myatt

Leah is looking forward to a career working with children and families.

Leah  Myatt

BA (Hons) Social Work

'I want to empower individuals to take control of their lives, and be a voice for children who feel underappreciated.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

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.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

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.

Can you tell us more about your placements?

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.

Have you stayed in University accommodation?

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.

What has your social life been like at Teesside?

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.

Has your time at Teesside helped prepare you for your future career?

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.