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Beth Webster

Career Path: Social Worker, Gateshead Council
Location: Gateshead, UK

After leaving Northumbria University I went onto study a Masters in Social Work through the Frontline Graduate Scheme. I am now a fully qualified social worker in the Looked After Children’s Team.

What are you doing now?

I am a social worker with Gateshead Council.

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

My lectures, seminars, etc. were all on Coach Lane campus, which was convenient for me as I could live at home while studying.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I had really good relations with all of my lecturers. They took time to get to know each student individually and they were always happy to give us extra time if needed. I really enjoyed having a mix of both lectures and seminars, as well as guest lecturers.

How connected was your course with industry?

I remember we had a guest lecturer who was an expert by experience in the mental health field and it was really interesting to hear things from his perspective.

What was the best thing about your course?

Every single lecturer was extremely passionate in their field.

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

I was supported to achieve a First Class Honours Degree which enabled be to get onto the Graduate scheme.

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

I learnt a lot about anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice which I now apply every day in my role as a social worker.

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

My undergraduate research.

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

Exciting. supportive and memorable.

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