Hannah now works with young people with complex needs.
'I loved my course, especially the forensic classes which were amazing.'
I live close by and I’ve always wanted to go to university to study either psychology or nursing. After attending several open days, I knew that psychology was the course for me. The open days gave me a real insight – the staff were amazing and so helpful.
I loved my course, especially the forensic classes which were amazing. I had a real interest in criminal behaviour and enjoyed all of the practical sessions within the University’s replica courtroom. I also really enjoyed learning about child development and learnt behaviour. This really interested me as I am a mother myself and I never really realised the effects that the environment and my own behaviour could have on my son.
I made some very good friends who were always there to help throughout my time at university. I took part in other students’ studies which was interesting and very educational. I would always encourage other students to get involved in as much research as possible because it definitely helps.
I completed a range of voluntary work during my studies and I joined Volun-tees, which is a University programme that supports students to get involved in volunteering activities in the community.
I worked as a therapeutic care volunteer for James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for one year. I also volunteered as a mentor in the probation service and I spent three years as an individual visitor for the family support service, Changing Futures. I really enjoyed working with individuals in probation and young children. I believe my volunteering experience was a huge factor in me finding employment when I left University – I gained so much experience and many new skills.
I’m working as a senior support worker for Positive Individual Pro-active Support (PIPS), assisting young people with the most complex needs. It’s a lovely job with a brilliant team. I’m also studying for a diploma in residential childcare, an opportunity which my company has provided alongside my work.
Without a doubt I would recommend Teesside. There was so much I loved about my course – there was never a dull day and I learned so much. It was an amazing, exhausting and rewarding experience – I didn’t want it to end.