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Sarah Ellison

Career Path: Social Worker, Durham County Council
Location: Durham, UK

I wanted to go into this career to help people. I completed an Access to Higher Education Course and then went to university. After leaving, I took the summer off to spend with my son and then became employed by Durham County Council. I have just finished my Assessed and Supported Year in Employment.

What are you doing now?Sarah Ellison

Social Working!

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The small campus and class sizes, the support and the proximity to my home.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

A mixture of lectures, seminars, team projects etc. Varied assessment methods. Tutors were very supportive especially my guidance tutor, John Cavaner.

How connected was your course with industry?

70 day placement in year 2 and 100 day placement in year 3, I really enjoyed both. The best guest lectures were when service users came in and taught us.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

Placements were brilliant in helping to focus my career path and gaining hands-on experience.

What was the best thing about your course?

Everything! I miss it!

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I graduated with a good degree and the varied tasks throughout university, e.g. the VIVA assignments helped me with my interview skills.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Do it!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun, meaningful, successful.

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