Charlie Gascoyne, Speech and Language Therapy
“Our whole speech and language therapy group are approachable and knowledgeable, and it gives you a real boost of confidence knowing you have people you can rely on and turn to for advice and help when needed.”
Charlie is from Sheffield born and bred and is passionate about working and supporting within the community she loves. She says, “The University has a fantastic reputation and the teaching as well as the facilities, lives up to this. It’s such a bustling and innovative city, so it’s a privilege to study and live here.”
“The course is very varied between the theory and practice, and many different areas of the career are covered in good detail. My favourite thing so far has been the placement opportunities the course has offered – I feel I have had a wide variety of experiences of clinical environments and this has been so helpful for my practice.”
“My background could not be more different from what I’m doing now! I’m primarily a theatre person, and still get involved in different performance-based things outside of my studies. I knew I wanted to be a therapist of some description when I graduated from my Theatre and Performance undergrad, but speech therapy at the time was an unknown to me. As someone with ADHD, I worried the heavy nature of an academic course would be too much for me, but while I could see it was a full-time Postgraduate course, the Disability support offered by the university encouraged me to apply.”
Charlie’s immediate plans is to get into employment, with hopes to be able to go into the more medical side of Speech Therapy, ideally an acute hospital setting. She adds, “My advice would be to get involved in as much extra and voluntary work as you can. I found it really rewarding to be able to hone my skills in voluntary clinics, but also to blow off steam at a club or activity outside of the course.”
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