The world is massive and there’s lots to discover, but since joining Edge Hill, I’ve realised there’s just as much to discover about yourself.
Before I came to University, I had a successful career in the healthcare industry as a National Quality Manager. When my daughter was born, it became more and more difficult for me to cope with the emotional side of the job, so I decided I needed a change. Becoming a dad was the catalyst for me to change my career; I didn’t realise at the time how much going to Edge Hill would change my outlook on life, too.
I’d always wanted to work with children so I originally applied for a teaching course but, as I didn’t have any classroom experience, I didn’t secure a place. That turned out to be the luckiest decision as it opened my eyes to a range of other degrees that actually offered more scope and opportunities for future careers. I’ve never been so pleased not to get something!
My goal has always been to work with young people who might not have the opportunities or encouragement to develop. For my first Work Based Learning placement I worked in a pupil referral unit with children who have to be educated outside of the mainstream. From that experience, I realised I wanted to work with youth offenders, or those on the cusp of offending, to try and help them turn their lives around before it’s too late.
Sadly, a close friend of mine was stabbed to death last summer, and this made me even more determined to go down this route. I’ve been working alongside Knifesavers, a Merseyside campaign to raise awareness of what to do in the event of a stabbing, and, through staff and colleagues at Edge Hill, making contacts within Cheshire Police to try and get funding for roles to address this issue across the region.
At 37, I never thought I’d ever go to university but Edge Hill helped me settle in and make the most of every opportunity.