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Tania Unsworth

Career Path: Masters' Student, Sunderland University
Location: Sunderland, UK

Since graduating, I have gone on to further study. I am studying my masters in Social Work at Sunderland University and also carry out various volunteer roles in-peer support for young people in order to help prepare me for a role upon graduation.

What are you doing now?Tania Unsworth

I am currently on my second placement at South Tyneside Council in the Participation and Engagement Team which gives voices to young people who are looked after or leaving care. I am also a Relief Project Worker with Oasis Aquila Housing which is a homeless charity. Here I work at a homeless drop-in centre and work with predominantly males who are rough sleeping or facing homelessness with complex needs such as mental health and substance misuse. Additionally I work in two residential projects; an organisation with young women who are homeless and have multiple needs and the other for young women who have children and are subject to child protection plans. My role is to ensure that these projects are running smoothly and deal with issues as they arise to support these women into independent living.

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

I liked the city of Newcastle and Northumbria offered me an amazing course which I thoroughly enjoyed and allowed me to think about the career path I wanted to take.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mix of lectures and seminars and within the Guidance & Counselling module there were a number of roleplays which allowed me to practice and develop counselling skills.The course overall allowed me to develop both my knowledge and skills which helped me progress to doing a Masters degree.

How connected was your course with industry?

I carried out placement in a school which allowed me to decide that the teaching career path was not right for me. However this placement still gave me necessary skills that are transferable into my current situation.

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

This gave me the ability to communicate effectively with children and how best to teach them. Also, it allowed me to understand how to work closely with professionals.

What was the best thing about your course?

The course allowed me to gain multiple skills regarding questioning and communication. The Early Years module helped me to understand how a child develops and what can affect this development.

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

The course gave me the insight into the career I wanted to go into with lecturers giving me a lot of support to do that.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Communication skills.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed the freedom of being a student living away from home and being able to build upon my existing knowledge.

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

Go to an open day, this really helped me get a feel for the course and campus.

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

Exciting, insightful and important.

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