Sarah is on her way to a career as a mental health social work

Yes, you can - Sarah Shirley

Sarah came to college 3 years ago to do an Access to Higher Education course after taking a break from education to raise her 3 children. When she felt that they were a little bit more independent and she knew she could fit studying back into her life, she was keen to get the qualifications she needed to get a career in mental health social work. She says the fact that the course was available on her doorstep has made it possible for her to follow her dreams.

Sarah knew the access course would help her to get the skills she needed before she started the foundation degree.  The work based learning module and work placements in the first and second year of the course, along with her role as a Family and Friends representative have helped her to combine her personal experiences and her new theoretical knowledge to equip herself to launch her career.

After a final year of study  to complete her degree Sarah hopes to join the Think Ahead programme. This is a new route into social work, for graduates and those looking for a career change that have the skills and qualities to make a real difference to people with mental health problems. 

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