I never really knew what I wanted to do when I was young, but I have always loved sport and decided studying at university would increase my options. I realised I loved helping others, whether that was helping athletes with my degree or giving advice and support to those that needed it. I love my job because I get to help and support people as part of something that is very personal to me as I benefited from something similar when I was younger.
At Sixth Form I knew I wanted the life experience of going to University but didn’t know what I wanted to study. I eventually settled on taking Primary Teaching at University of Cumbria. Whilst there I realised I didn’t want to be a teacher but the skills, lessons learned, experiences and the degree I gained at University shaped me into the person I am today and helped me achieve what I have in my career so far. I wouldn’t change it.
From a young age I knew I wanted to go to uni after watching my Mum complete her degree whilst I was in school. I chose to study English and Journalism at UCLan and loved looking how the media used language to shape our views and opinions. Whilst studying I worked part time as a Student Ambassador and soon realised that I loved working with young people. I found out that this was something I could do full time when I graduated, and here I am!
I have always loved books, so studying English Literature seemed an obvious choice! I have now completed three degrees in different areas of literature, including a PhD which focused on contemporary women’s writing. I have always worked in education in some way, whether it be as a university lecturer or high school teacher, so working for Future U is ideal as I get to share my experiences and encourage young people to explore their options!
I have always had an interest in learning from a young age. After completing my degree in Neuroscience, I went on to complete my PhD in Psychology that focussed on loneliness. My career has mainly been in health research. Whilst volunteering for a young people’s charity, I realised that I could make a valuable contribution to young people. With a background in research & evaluation, my role at Future U enables me to utilise my skills in supporting young people’s lives.
I always knew I wanted to work with young people, I just wasn’t too sure on the setting at first! I studied Childhood and Youth Studies at Edge Hill, later going on the study a PGCE and qualifying as a teacher. My role as Delivery Officer is a varied one, which I love. Every day is different, and sometimes challenging, however seeing the students we work with gaining confidence from our sessions makes the job worthwhile.
At the age of 24 I enrolled at Liverpool Hope University and began studying my degree in Special Educational Needs as a night course. This allowed me to work full-time alongside my studies, which was important to me so that I could still fund my lifestyle and save up to go travelling, which I did towards my final year. After graduation, I was over the moon tosecure a job in Education and I have been working in the sector ever since.
My passion is helping others to develop themselves. Over the past 10 years, I have worked as a care home manager, an English teacher in China, a football coach and a Project Manager running travel programmes for young people. Made possible by my university degree in Sociology and Criminology from The University of Liverpool, I am now also able to connect young people with the same opportunities that I have benefited from in my role as a Delivery Officer with Future U.
I studied Biomedical Sciences at Lancaster University. Whilst there, I joined the Cheerleading society, founded the First Aid society and became the first ever woman to be re-elected as President of the Students’ Union. I fell in love with the HE sector and its ability to transform people’s lives. I have a Master’s in Education and Social Justice, and have the ambition to complete a PhD focussing on issues surrounding Widening Participation and making universities more inclusive.
The first of my family to attend University. I love animals! Five dogs, three horses and a cockatiel later, my Zoo is complete. I have 10 GCSE’s, 3 A-Levels and 2 AS-Levels, BSc Psychology and a publication. I then completed a Postgrad Cert in Business Management and a Graduate Cert in Counselling. I am delving into the world of Neurolinguistic Programming! In my eyes, happiness is the key to success. Dream, Believe, Work Hard and Achieve!
My passion being Sport, I moved to Preston to study Sport and Physical Education at UCLan. I also graduated with a qualification in Personal Training, taking me on to study a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science. It was at University where I first got into Cheerleading and I am now on an international team! I hope to one day set up my own cheer gym and pursue a career in sport so I can change the lives of other disadvantaged young people the way sport has changed mine.