Statutory Child Protection Social Worker for Hampshire County Council
I had struggled a lot through school academically, and subsequently left school with no GCSEs. St Vincent enabled me join to the BTEC level 2 course, and within weeks of being at the college they identified that I might have learning needs. They arranged for me to be assessed, and I instantly got the support I needed after being diagnosed with dyslexia. Not only did I get the support, but it helped me make sense of a lot of things. I completed BTEC level 2 and left education for a period of time.
I later returned to St Vincent once I had established what career path I wanted in life and decided to study the Access to University course so I could go on to study Social Work at university. I had been advised that I had to study this course, along with resitting my maths and English. I wanted to achieve this within a year so I didn’t delay my career any longer. I had tried to do this at other colleges, but it either wasn’t possible to do in a year, or they felt it would be unachievable. However, St Vincent explained it would be hard but allowed me to do it and trusted my commitment and ability.
I worked hard throughout that time and with the support of tutors, which I formed great relationships with, I passed the Access to University course with an overall Distinction, along with a grade A in English GCSE and grade C in Maths GCSE.
I have now completed 3 years at university studying Social Work, which I graduated with First Class Honours. I have completed my Newly Qualified Year as a Social Worker and am approaching the end of my first year working as a statutory child protection Social Worker for Hampshire County Council.
I wasn’t always an easy student, but St Vincent College believed in me, supported me and were committed to me and my future. They helped me understand myself better and realise that I am intelligent, I can achieve, but I just needed some additional support with empowerment and praise which they provided.
Family Engagement Worker for Southampton City Council
After studying for a year at university I smoothly transferred to St Vincent College for the remaining two years where the staff and students were very welcoming.
The FDA course opened my eyes to many opportunities available after completing my studies, allowing me to identify my own strengths and weaknesses whilst providing me with further knowledge to progress in my career. Most of all, the course gave me confidence and encouraged me to aim for my goal.
My dream was to work more closely with families and that is when I looked into being a family engagement worker. I am now working for Southampton City Council as part of the Placements Team based in
Fostering as a family engagement worker.
Full time student taking on a Master’s Degree to become a qualified Social Worker
I graduated with my Foundation Degree at St Vincent College in 2017. When I started the course I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it or where I wanted to go with my career. Still unsure, I went on to do a BA top-up within a year; all whilst working full-time.
In September 2018 I took a leap and I am now a full time student taking on a Master’s Degree to become a qualified Social Worker. I didn’t have the answer to what I wanted to do within life when doing my Foundation Degree, but it did enable me to move on with my career and it was the best decision I ever made.