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Laura Pita Castro

Please tell us about your career path since leaving Northumbria.

When I finished my training I got a job as a Midwife in the Birmingham Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, one of the only two hospitals in the UK to specialise in women's care.

After a year and a half I moved to Spain and worked for the University Hospital of Asturias.

Please tell us about your current job and what it involves.

I work in the Delivery Suite, looking after low and high risk women who come into labour. I support women and their families in this special moment of their lives, and deliver their babies. I also help with baby care and breastfeeding during the first few hours.

What made you choose Northumbria University?

I liked the city and I had heard of the great education Northumbria University provided. When I did my interview, staff and lecturers were kind. I also liked the facilites.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

I was working in the UK at the time. Midwifery training is of great quality in the UK.

What was your favourite thing about your course and/or Northumbria University?

Lecturers were kind and supportive. They always helped me if I had any problems. My class mates were great.

What societies/activities did you take part in outside of your studies?

The course was very demanding, and I just enjoyed Newcastle and its surroundings during my time off.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle as a place to live and study?

Cold! But Geordies were always welcoming! Also a good amount of different activities available, either day or night (festivals, concerts, bars, theatres, country side, museums...)

In one sentence, sum up your time here at Northumbria.

Simply great! I would like to thank all the members of staff for their kindness and support.

If you have one, please describe a fond or positive memory of your time at Northumbria.

When I first arrived in Newcastle, after working in the South-West of England, I couldn't understand many of my Geordie friends! However, after a few weeks with my class mates I quickly caught the Geordie accent and my friends found it funny that a Spanish girl would speak English with a Geordie accent!

What professional achievement are you most proud of since leaving university?

I am proud of every job I have had. I felt my training made me feel confident at work.

What career objectives do you still have?

I would like to finish my Masters degree in Emergency Care by June, and would like to start my PhD in September.

How have your experiences at Northumbria University helped your life and career so far?

A lot! It really prepared me for real life.

What advice would you give students who wish to pursue a similar career to yours?

Make sure you work hard and never stop following your dreams.        

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying at Northumbria University?

Studying at Northumbria was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I would definately do it again!

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