More about Hollie
How has your career progressed since graduation?
"Since graduation, I have continued in my current job roles and the preparation for my MSc Psychology degree. Alongside this, I have been in communication with mental health charities, such as SSAFA and Imara to discuss potential voluntary work experiences during my next two-years of postgraduate study to support my learning and development before considering a Doctorate in Psychology."
How did you find getting your first job?
"As a ‘mature’ student, I already work for several healthcare organisations before university in various roles, ranging from support officer to coordinator. Whilst studying, I have been able to apply new skills into practice and demonstrate my desire to work within mental health. I have recently had discussions with some Professors across Nottinghamshire (via LinkedIn and Indeed) and currently in positions of applying for work experiences within Mental Health and Trauma as a Research Assistant."
Did the support offered at NTU help you?
"Dean Penfold within Employability was a huge and positive impact to my support and education here at NTU. He was able to be an impartial agent; listening to my future aspirations and support my decision on further education to continue with my counselling and clinical experience and become a Psychologist. NTU gave me the opportunity to expand and develop my previous training, believing in my abilities and supporting my application for further studies and work experiences."
What have been the biggest challenges you've faced since graduating?
"Believing in myself to complete my next chapter in October; an MSc Psychology degree at NTU."
If you are working, what does your current role involve? Describe a typical day at work.
"My roles range from a mental health support officer to family coordinator. I manage volunteers and employees to support various individuals and groups with various mental health disorders in safe and secure settings and supervising and/or supporting low and/or high-risk families needing contact."
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
"Demonstrating additional skills learnt from my degree and working within management roles. Another highlight is being able to present myself well in presentations to mental health organisations and meetings to further my career and gain valuable work experiences."
Why did you choose to study BA (Hons) Health and Social Care at NTU and what did you enjoy most about it?
"Choosing BA (Hons) Health and Social Care allowed me to direct my own academic and career journey. This degree gave me the chance to pick modules that support my career aspirations. Refreshing previous training in Counselling and spending my last two-years learning has given me the drive to continue using psychological techniques to my service users. Alongside Counselling, I was able to interlink this with Mental Health Illness and Disorders and Interventions, which gave me fantastic results and demonstrated my ability to achieve further education in Psychology."
How have your studies contributed to your career / current successes?
"This degree allowed me to apply broaden and apply current knowledge before demonstrating my skills and considering further employment within mental health fields. I am very proud to have achieved high outcomes in my chosen modules in my final two-years, which resulted in a First-Class Honours and be awarded with a Scholarship to complete the MSc Psychology course."
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"If you want a course where you can tailor your own education and career path, I recommend BA (Hons) Health and Social Care. It opens many opportunities to broaden your knowledge and gain professional advice, guidance and work experiences."