The curriculum was amazing it was well thought out and took me on a journey. Many of my friends, family and colleagues have noticed the difference in every area of my life.
More about Darren
Why did you choose to study a postgraduate degree?
"I knew that studying at a Masters level was the only way I could get myself out of being frustrated in practice. I had many thoughts and ideas from my practice experience that I wanted to research and get validated."
Why did you choose your course at NTU?
"Many of the local universities in Birmingham had stopped doing a Masters in youth work. I decided to apply for NTU and was delighted when I had my interview and really became quite excited to get started. Some of my colleagues in Birmingham were taught by the team at NTU and I'd heard many great things about them."
What’s your experience been like of your course so far?
"The curriculum was amazing it was well thought out and took me on a journey. Many of my friends, family and colleagues have noticed the difference in every area of my life. The confidence in the delivery of the content made it easy for me to get the most out of my experience."
What does Social Sciences mean to you?
"For me studying at a Masters level provided me with an opportunity to problem solve through my assessments, as I felt that I wanted to leave a legacy from my studies and intent to test out my findings and support the sector that I serve."
Have you completed any work placements on your course?
"My placement allowed me to pause and critically reflect on my practice and those of others. I was able to maintain and work with my current employer. From the assessments I have completed, I can now take my learning back to benefit my colleagues and my community."
Do you have any memorable moments from your placement?
"The great messages from young people and parents thanking me for the support. I also had the opportunity to go indoor skydiving with the young people!"
What do you think of the support available from tutors and staff at NTU?
"The support I have received from the lecturers has been amazing. They have really built my confidence and have helped me to build my identity as an academic."
Outside of the Lecture Theatre
Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?
"From the lecture theatre to the WhatsApp group, we have become more than alumni. The value in this network is un-comparable. We all look forward to seeing how we co-produce and deliver in the future bringing in each other’s specialisms."
The Next Steps
What’s next for you after NTU?
"During one of the assessments, we completed a skills audit and action plan. This enabled me to look at my current and future career goals.
I am interested in lecturing and working within a management position, this will allow me to bring to life the papers that I have written. I am also interested in training and consultancy, as well as considering further study at NTU."
How is NTU helping you to achieve your career goals?
"This course is providing me with the credibility competence and confidence to achieve my career goals."
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