Studying a degree at Teesside is helping Jason achieve his dreams - and he's won a work placement in Peru.
'I am learning on-the-job skills every day and really feel like I am developing into a future radiographer. With each day my confidence grows.'
I had worked in a low-skilled job in the NHS for many years and decided I wanted more. I could see professionals doing their jobs, and I believed I had what it takes. I worked within a radiography department, and I met many radiography students from Teesside through my work. They all spoke so highly of the education and skills they received by studying at the University, and I could see with my own eyes how much they developed from year one until they qualified.
I really enjoy my placement as I feel as though I’m finally living the dream I’ve had for a long time. I love taking x-rays of patients and dealing with the public daily. I’ve also found regional anatomy very interesting. It’s almost like learning a new language – challenging but rewarding.
I have almost finished my first placement at Sunderland Royal Hospital. I love it. I am learning on-the-job skills every day and really feel like I am developing into a future radiographer. With each day my confidence grows. I am being trained by real professionals in a very busy and real environment.
The campus is a beautiful site. The buildings look ultra-modern and on a sunny day it is a really wonderful place to be! Because I live at home I don’t really have a large social life at Teesside, but I do have great friends from my course and we regularly stay in touch and meet up. I have also made friends from the years above me on the same course. The University’s support services are also good. When I was in a particularly low point financially the University gave me some support which was so helpful. If it wasn’t for the help I received I’m not sure I could have continued with my studies.
I joined the Society and College of Radiographers which is a union for radiographers and radiography students. I recently won their Work the World competition where I wrote an essay and gained a four-week placement in Peru this summer. I’ll be working in a hospital and taking x-rays of local people. It has always been a dream of mine to visit South America, in particular Peru. I am very interested in ancient civilisations and Machu Picchu is on my bucket list.
One hundred percent. My life has changed for the better since starting university. Teesside has given me a new lease of life and a great sense of direction. Going to Teesside can only improve your life for the better.