Louise Shaw

Louise

Shaw

United Kingdom
My studies gave me a lot of experience and insight with regards to mental health and helped me to recognise the career path which was ideal for me, which is within the mental health sector.

More about Louise

Graduated: 2018

How has your career progressed since graduation?
"I’ve currently got two jobs both within the mental health field, one of which I started after graduating."

How did you find getting your first job?
"It was easier than I expected to be honest, having a degree on my CV defiantly helped with this."

Did the support offered at NTU help you?
"Yes definitely, having three young children, working and studying at university at the same time was a big challenge, but the support of lecturers and student services helped me through this."

What have been the biggest challenges you've faced since graduating?
"It’s been hard deciding whether to do a masters straight away or have a gap year, but I’ve decided to go with the gap year."

If you are working, what does your current role involve? Describe a typical day at work.
"My current role involves working with individuals experiencing poor mental health in the form of one on one support, activity groups and focus groups.  A typical day at work will consist of conducting assessments and risk assessments with new service users to identify their needs and risks. Followed by one on one support with regards to housing, benefits, accompanying individuals to appointments and signposting to other services.  My role also involves making safeguarding referrals when required, therefore being able to notice signs of mental health deterioration is crucial within my role."

What have been the highlights of your career so far?
"Being able to empower individuals to make positive transitions with regards to their mental health recovery is definitely a highlight of my career so far."

Why did you choose to study BA (Hons) Health and Social Care at NTU and what did you enjoy most about it?
"I chose to study BA (Hons) Health and Social Care at NTU because to be honest I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do for definite career wise in the future, I just knew mental health and counselling were real of real interest to myself.  It was really good learning new skills and gaining knowledge, but an event that really stands out within my time here was being selected to represent NTU in an international conference on positive psychology in Belgium.  This conference involved students from all over the world, it was so nice to be able to meet these individuals, who had similar ambitions to myself and learn about different perspectives on issues relating to psychology and the social work field.  This also gave me the opportunity to visit a city I had never been to before and experience the culture there, whilst making new friends."

How have your studies contributed to your career / current successes?
"My studies gave me a lot of experience and insight with regards to mental health and helped me to recognise the career path which was ideal for me, which is within the mental health sector.  The current role I do is centred around a lot of the knowledge I gained from this degree and helps my day to day working life with respect to understanding relevant laws and legislations relating to this field of work."

Do you have any advice to share with new graduates or other alumni?
"If you are struggling with the work or workload, talk to your lecturers as they are there for you and ORGANISTION is the key, don’t leave your work until the last minute! Also always backup your work, as you don’t want to be like me and loose a whole assignment in your last year 6 days before it is due, red bull was definitely my best friend for those 6 days."

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
"NTU is a great place to study and is very supportive! It is a friendly university and welcoming to people from all walks of life."

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