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Donna

Gray

United Kingdom
I love using the skills I have gained at university to make the life of my residents better.

More about Donna

Graduated: 2018

Job role: Deputy Manager of a Care Home.

How has your career progressed since graduation?
"My career is progressing well. Just before graduation I started a job as Deputy Manager of a care home"

How did you find getting your first job?
"This was my first graduate job. I the interview went really well. My employer was also a mature student, so we had a good connection from the start."

Did the support offered at NTU help you?
"The employability hub helped me prepare my CV. I have been in full time work for 24 years, they helped me sort out which information was most relevant for my career."

What have been the biggest challenges you've faced since graduating?
"Going back in to full time work has been a bit of a shock."

If you are working, what does your current role involve? Describe a typical day at work.
"My typical day is anything but typical. Working with people means no two days are the same. My main role is to ensure the smooth running of the care home. I spend my day managing the staff, talking with residents and families about their care needs. Working with other professionals to ensure the best possible care for the residents. I create risk assessments and care plans and ensure our paperwork is complete and fit for purpose. My favourite part of the day is when one of our residents with dementia comes in the office and helps with the paper work, its nice to have a chat. My day is busy, and I can easily work for ten or more hours, but it’s very worthwhile."

What have been the highlights of your career so far?
"I love using the skills I have gained at university to make the life of my residents better."

Why did you choose to study BA (Hons) Health and Social Care at NTU and what did you enjoy most about it?
"I choose to study at NTU to help further my career. I choose Health and social care because I was unsure of the direction I wanted my career to take. The course offered a wide selection of subjects that could lead to many different careers. I loved my time at NTU and the decision to study there was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The location and the facilities of the university were fantastic, and the teaching was first class over all three years. I made many friends and fit in very well, something I didn’t expect as a mature student. In my time at NTU I have achieved things I never thought possible. NTU taught me a lot about myself, even at the grand age of 40."

How have your studies contributed to your career / current successes?
"My studies have given me knowledge, which I use every day in my job."

If there is anything else you would like to tell us about your course, your experiences or if you have any advice for students considering coming to NTU, then please share your thoughts with us here
"I can’t recommend NTU enough. It was a fantastic place to study."

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