Amanda Prince, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 2011
What are you doing now?
Since completing my BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at Derby in 2011, I have completed a Masters degree in Social Work. This has helped me to further my learning and therefore my career. I have since completed my Assessed and Supported Year in Employment with Staffordshire County Council in a Safeguarding team.
In October 2015, I began my new post as a Supervising Social Worker for the Fostering and Adoption Team for Nottingham City Council.
What were the main reasons you took that course?
The main reasons for completing the Early Childhood Studies course were the breadth of different modules which I could complete as at the time of starting the degree I was not sure which direction I wanted to take my career.
In my second year I decided that I wanted to take the route of social worker and therefore I was able to choose modules which would enable me to further my knowledge in this area.
The lecturers were extremely supportive and went above and beyond what was required of them to ensure that every student on our course met their potential.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
I chose to study at the Derby as it seemed a friendly and personal university from when I visited on Open Days. I also wished to stay close to home so I did not have to move out.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
The experience and knowledge I gained on the Early Childhood Studies degree has helped me in every aspect of my career. It has given me the knowledge of child development theories which are applied each day in social work with children.
Within the Early Childhood Studies course there is also a requirement to complete a certain number of days in practice settings, such as schools and nurseries. This gave me hands on experience which is required when applying for further courses and jobs.
How did the lecturers inspire you?
The lecturers were extremely supportive and went above and beyond what was required of them to ensure that every student on our course met their potential. The lecturers were extremely supportive when I got lower grades in my first year and helped me to achieve throughout the other years of my degree, resulting in me gaining a First. All of the lecturers were extremely knowledgeable in their area of practice and many of them have written books or journal articles in their area of practice.
How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?
The University of Derby has helped me to learn and encouraged me to further myself. My achievements were recognised at Graduation and I gained the award for ‘Most Outstanding Progress’.
What are your future plans?
I hope to have a long career in social work and continue to progress and experience many different areas of social work. I would also like to become a Practice Educator so that I can educate students in practice settings.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
I would highly recommend this course, it has set me up well in my career and the support of the lecturers has helped me to progress and exceed my expectations of myself.
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
During my three years studying at the University of Derby I developed many professional and social relationships with other students and staff. I have made some friends who I’m still in touch with.
Including Ruby Oates who was the course leader. She has provided me with references which were needed for my Social Work degree and also helped me in the application process which I am extremely thankful for.