Mother-of-one lands dream job before picking up her degree
Pic: Luisa Park, BA(Hons) Social Work graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Securing a job before graduating is something most students hope for, but for a mother-of-one it was a reality.
Luisa Park graduated from the BA(Hons) Social Work course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) last week and is due to start her job within days.
She originally applied for a different course, but whilst in the process, she found out she was pregnant with her son Jordan and decided to take a year out.
Her parents are both foster carers, so Luisa has always been surrounded by children and wanted to make a difference in another way. Following the birth of her son she decided on the social work course at UCLan as she wanted her degree to pave the way to a career.
“I really enjoyed the course and the people were so supportive. We were all in the same position so everyone was really close and there was always someone around to help."
The course encouraged students to arrange work placements and get some hands on experience, which helped Luisa enormously, particularly as she managed to secure her job at Salford City Council following a successful placement there.
Her new job is within Children’s Services at the council and will involve arranging care packages to support parents, as well as working with fostering and adoptions, and court proceedings.
Studying for a degree is hard work for most students, but Luisa had to juggle her studies with caring for her now three-and-a-half-years-old son and she credits her supportive parents and partner Jake for making it possible. She studied from home a lot and most nights she carried on working late into the night to complete assignments.
The 21-year-old, from Bury, said: “I really enjoyed the course and the people were so supportive. We were all in the same position so everyone was really close and there was always someone around to help. The placements were great too; they gave me the opportunity to put everything I learned on the course into practice.”
She added: “I visited the University campus and liked how new all the buildings were, and Preston is a great city with a really friendly feel.”