Dedicated Health and Social Wellbeing student Laura Linney has secured her dream job working with some of society’s most vulnerable people after graduating from Edge Hill University earlier today.

Laura, from Manchester, landed a job at Mountwood Academy in Lancashire after spending three years working tirelessly with charities across the North West during her time at University, juggling volunteer work and fundraising alongside lectures and part-time work.

During her time at Edge Hill Laura raised money for Victim Support and Motor Neurone Disease Association, organising raffles, bag packs and cake stalls to fund major charity events including Arctic treks and skydives, and has given up her time to volunteer for charities including the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Crisis and Ms Claire’s Prep School, Jamaica. Earlier this year she campaigned for people to undertake the BHF’s HeartStart First Aid Course, designed to teach people how to use Automated External Defibrillators used to restart the heart during cardiac arrest.

In 2015 she was jointly awarded the Student Employee of the Year Award for her work with Edge Hill’s Admissions Department. The award was presented to the Admissions team, consisting of 20 students across all years. They were nominated because of their enthusiastic approach to communicating with potential new students and how they successfully show their pride and affection for the University and the community that resides within it.

Despite only graduating on 19th July with a BA (Hons) in Health and Social Wellbeing, Laura has already secured a job. She started working at Mountwood Academy in Lancashire in June where she works with vulnerable young people in a care and education setting, continuing her commitment to making a difference in people’s lives.

“The young people I work with have various learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties and disabilities, sometimes coming from difficult backgrounds also,” she said.

“If I were to give advice to current students hoping to secure a job before graduating I would say; start with your studies by using every tool available at Edge Hill including the library, tutors, and job opportunities to gain experience and a positive grade in order to give yourself a better chance at the career you would like. Apply for everything you can in the field you want to go into to make yourself known to employers for the future.”

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