17 July 2013
Balancing volunteer work at home and abroad has paid off for one graduate
Pictured: Rebecca Robertson, BA(Hons) Community Leadership graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
There just aren’t enough hours in the day for Rebecca Robertson who graduated with a first class BA(Hons) Community Leadership degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
The 21-year-old has travelled across the world as the President of the Global Youth Leaders project while at UCLan. Her role has seen her delivering conferences, sharing best practice, and examining global issues in countries such as Pakistan, Russia and Oman.
The project is available to students studying community leadership and provides the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.
“She pointed out that I had volunteered at a youth centre for four years and should do a degree in something related to my experience.”
She only decided on this course two weeks before it started, having previously hoped to gain a place on the musical theatre course at UCLan.
It was during her audition that Rebecca realised it wasn’t for her, and her sister inspired her to try something else. “She pointed out that I had volunteered at a youth centre for four years and should do a degree in something related to my experience,” said Rebecca. “Working there definitely helped me during my course.”
She originally started on the foundation year course, before deciding to top up to the degree, hoping to add some theory to the practical skills she had already developed through her youth work.
“I want to use the experience, links and networks I have gained through my role in the Global Youth Leaders organisation to travel elsewhere.”
Rebecca, from Nelson, studied at the Burnley Campus as she wanted to hold down her job at the Blackburn Youth Zone, where she was promoted to Deputy Manager in January this year. At one point during the course, she also worked for a web design company and was working 55 hours on top of her course work.
Now that she has graduated, Rebecca has no plans to take a break – she is enrolled on the British Sign Language Level one course at Blackburn College, and would like to further her studies by also embarking on a Master’s degree in Social Work in a couple of years’ time.
In the meantime, she will continue working at the Youth Zone, and is planning to travel the world. “I want to use the experience, links and networks I have gained through my role in the Global Youth Leaders organisation to travel elsewhere,” she said. “I’m really interested in how different things are in other cultures.”