BSc (Hons) Psychology (2015) Healthcare Assistant, Priory Group, South East.
Why did you apply to the University of Bradford? Why did you choose that particular course?
I applied to the University of Bradford as it offered the right course for me, being a full time BPS accredited Psychology course. I especially liked the fact there were many positive reviews for the course and teaching within the university as a whole. Additionally, Bradford was also a choice for me as I knew it was a very diverse city which is celebrated with many different mixed cultures and backgrounds.
What did you like and enjoy about the University and your course?
What I enjoyed about the course was the subject and the various topics that were covered during the course of my study. The element of research and performing presentations were very enjoyable, as they pushed you outside of your comfort zone and helped you develop yourself. I also prided the fact that this university is known for having its high reputation in being “green” and environmentally friendly too, with its unique architecture and ethos. Additionally, there were lecturers in my department who left such a positive impression, that I will remember forever for being so inspirational.
How did Career Development Services support you during your time at University?
The Career Development Services greatly helped me while I was at university as there were many talks provided during employability week. This was where students had one week off from studies and had the chance to be refreshed and taught about career opportunities and steps to take in their subject. Additionally, this service helped me find a position for part-time work as Driver for the university minibus.
What tips would you give to prospective students?
The tips I would give to prospect students is to make sure you research the subject you are partaking and all the activities during the course of your study. Ask around to any teachers or anyone who has recently who has studied your subject and try to seek out if you can cope with the work and if you will enjoy it too. Additionally, be aware that studying at this level is completely independent, which can be the hardest part of transitioning to this type of work coming from A-levels. It is also vital, in this sense, that you take a keen interest in what your choice of subject will be.
Tell us about your current job.
I am working as a Healthcare Assistant for Priory, to help look after male ex-criminals with mental health issues. It is the company’s aim to benefit users with extended treatment and rehabilitation, which I will be aiding with. This is done by having the necessary skills listen to service users; aid them with living in dorms and working as part of a team with staff to ensure this. Additionally, this job will give me the chance to further my career, as I will be gaining experience and understanding in working with service users with special circumstances.
What action did you take to improve your employability whilst at University?
Whilst I was at university, the action I took to improve my chances of employability was to attend all the employability sessions during employability week and ones posted careers workshops (from the UoB mobile app). This massively helped me, as I was always given relevant and useful information and got to meet many of the staff from the careers service from this. This led me on track to find out what steps I needed to complete such as building a good CV and looking for a realistic and enjoyable path for my career. I was also able to independently approach and volunteer at the Bradford Autism Centre, which was enjoyable and had a similar work structure to my current job.
What advice would you give to current students wishing to enter this type of career?
The advice I would give is to make sure you enjoy (or develop an interest in) what you are studying and try to go in with the right intentions. I would also advise that it is good to assess if you already have the skills relevant to your career; however there are always chances to work on yourself to get the skills. I have overcome difficulties I had with workload and understanding of my subject, however, the support at the university has benefitted me hugely. Make sure to use as much of the helpful services at University, such as careers, disability (if needed) and academic support, they are compensated for you after all! And I would like to finish saying that there are many friendly and like-minded people you will meet at this university to help you, which really has been the best part for me to work here.