Elderly people often get forgotten about – I chose this course so that I could help make social care better for them.
I started out doing a sports teaching degree at another university, but my heart wasn’t in it and I decided being a PE teacher just wasn’t for me. While I was thinking about what to do next, I took a job as a Wellbeing Co-ordinator in a nursing home, planning activities for the residents to help them get the most out of their time there. Getting to know the residents and seeing the difference my job made to their lives was so rewarding. It helped me discover a passion for health and made me realise what I really wanted to do as a career.
Before I started the course, I didn’t realise how broad it was going to be. You cover so many different areas of health, including some subjects, like the history of health and global public health, that I wasn’t expecting. I never thought I’d be studying health during World War II, let alone enjoying it. I also loved the Equality and Diversity module. It really opened my eyes to how bad things used to be and how times have changed. I’ve learnt so much on this course already; I thought I had a good knowledge of health before, but I really knew nothing!
What I like about my course is that you’re not stuck on one career path. You get the skills and knowledge for a wide range of jobs and there are opportunities to tailor the modules you study to suit your own interests and ambitions. Some subjects that sounded quite dry, like Social Policy, have ended up being my favourite parts of the course. I was never that into politics but I really enjoyed it – and it encouraged me to vote for the first time.
Since being at university I’ve discovered a confidence I didn’t know I had. I wasn’t good at standing up in front of people and I didn’t see myself as a leader at all but now I’m much better at pushing myself forward. I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve loved this course, and being at university in general. I’ve never missed a single lecture and I look forward to going in every day.