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Debra Dawkins

BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families

I am the only person from my family to go to University.  I didn’t even know they existed, but I knew I was capable of more than I was doing and I was ambitious.  I worked for the NHS for many years which I loved but I wanted to feel like I’d achieved something more so at 45 I resigned and went to UCLan.  Aged 45 with 4 children and I took on a degree – mature students were in every building, I never felt out of place and I looked forward to every day.  I chose the course because it offered a comprehensive qualification that had many career pathways from Social Worker (which I initially wanted to pursue) to Teaching.

Placements within the degree offer real world experiences where learning can be directly applied.  My time volunteering in several settings including local college gave me experience working with Looked After Children, Family Support and as a learning mentor in a local college where they offered me the chance to plan and deliver a lesson for 16 to 9 year olds and I loved it. As a direct result of gaining valuable experience with my placements because of my degree, I have just been offered a full-time lecturer’s post with the same college, teaching subjects in relation to my degree.   This would not have been possible without doing my BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families degree giving me the range of skills and knowledge but also being able to put them into practice in my chosen settings.

Debra Dawkins