The University of Sheffield has instilled within me a love of learning.

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Alexandra Hobman
Programme Co-Ordinator at Barnardo's
Education, Culture and Childhood BA
2015
Alexandra pays tribute to the course and teaching staff that gave her the breadth of understanding of Education and Childhood and the transferrable skills which have led to a rewarding job at Barnardo's charity.

I train teachers and work with 25 Primary Schools and 5 Secondary Schools to deliver an evidence based emotional health and wellbeing programme to over 10,000 children in the London borough of Waltham Forest. I support teachers to deliver the programme, assess the impact of the programme, and also work alongside children to help them to develop key skills and strategies to help them when things get tricky. The aim is to empower as many children as possible to lead happy, healthy and safe lives.

Without the BA Education, Childhood and Culture from the University of Sheffield, I would never have been in the role that I am today. Completing the degree has given me so many transferrable skills, and a huge breadth of understanding about so many different factors surrounding Education and Childhood. With the amazing support from staff across my three years of study (both academic and personal) I was able to achieve a First Class degree in something that I felt genuinely passionate and interested by.

Without the BA Education, Childhood and Culture from the University of Sheffield, I would never have been in the role that I am today.

Alexandra Hobman

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This has led me to pursue further study and has ignited a passion within me to ensure that as many children as possible have access to high quality education provision, both academic and in terms of their social and emotional learning.

The foundations of this interest were built during my time in Sheffield. Completing the degree over three years also had wider implications for my future in terms of building self-confidence and belief that I was able to succeed in something I am so interested in. The University of Sheffield has instilled within me a love of learning.

My advice to students [thinking of a career] would be to not worry too much and investigate lots of different options. I didn't even know that the job I now do existed when I was at uni. I think there can feel like lots of pressure to know what you want to do or 'be' when you graduate, but it's totally fine to take some time to think about what your best next step can be. The skills you will learn on your course are so wide ranging and so hugely transferrable that there are so many options open to you!

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