Hayley’s journey to Social Work Student

hayleys-journey-to-social-work-studentHayley joined Capstone in 2013 as an Admin Apprentice. Hayley was always very clear about her ambition to one day become a social worker as she was very keen to support children and people who were in need. Hayley was nurtured within the team to build on her admin skills, telephone manner and customer service knowledge.

Within 18 months of her role, Hayley decided that she would enrol in college to gain the qualifications needed to apply for university. By this time, Hayley had been promoted to Panel Co-ordinator and was actively involved in organising the panel meeting and with everyone involved from start to finish. Hayley’s commitments at college meant that she needed to go part time, and Hayley’s workload was adjusted accordingly to support her to continue with college.

Hayley was successful in her exams and gained the qualifications required to commence a degree in Social Work at the University of Worcester in 2016.

Hayley said: “I just want to say a big massive thank you to Capstone for all the support that you’ve offered me through college, and I’m looking forward to starting my degree.”

Hayley’s update – one year later

I cannot believe it has been a year already since I left Capstone, the first year has flown by. I started by BA Hons Degree in Social Work in September and I have found it enjoyable. I felt that I understood what was being delivered due to my experience at Capstone, for example looking at attachment issues, sharing knowledge of why children come into care and being able to relate this to my time in the fostering field has supported to give me an insight some others are developing for the first time. During my first year I have completed modules in social policy , ideologies, the progression in social welfare & looking at service users perspectives. I received ; 1 B , 3C and 1 D.

My work experience since leaving Capstone has been working in a children’s home , where I am working with children who display challenging behaviours. Both teens and younger, this has been good for me as I’ve been able to get some hands on experience in managing behaviour, working with professionals and building my confidence with record keeping, due to working one to one with the children and young people.

My Motivation for next year is to pass my law exam, so that I can then go out on placement . We haven’t been informed of where our placement will be , I’m really hoping that mine is within the children and families field. After this will be my dissertation, which I’m dreading as it is a big piece of work , but hoping to get through it.

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