Rachel Neylon BMedSci Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Rachel Neylon

July 2014

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

It has a great reputation as one of the top Universities to study at which was very important to me. It also has a great students union and there is always so much going on, which you can get involved with.

What do you think of Sheffield?

My sister had previously studied at Sheffield and I loved the city and the vibe you got from the University. It is quite a small city which made it less overwhelming when I arrived in Sheffield, and it didn’t take me long to get settle into the city. It is a very friendly place with so much to offer.

What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?

Look into the degree, go to open days to meet staff and learn more about what the course entails. It is great for anyone wanting a career in health care. You will learn about a range of topics related to the NHS and health. If you are not sure what career you want within health, this degree is ideal and will enable you to decide which career is best for you.

You will be given so many opportunities at University, use your time to get involved with academic and non-academic activities offered by the union, as well as work experience to help you decide which career best suits you.

What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?

In the final year you get an opportunity to complete a work placement. This is a great opportunity to get experience in the field of work that interest you. I had my placement on the A&E department at Sheffield's Children's Hospital which was invaluable to gaining experience to help me become a paediatric nurse.

The staff were also a great part to this course. They are always there to give you help and feedback on any of your work.

What are you doing now?

I have began a Masters in Children's Nursing, which is a condensed course from 4 years to 2 years.

Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?

The academic and work experience I gained from this course have directly related to the Masters course, and is helping me a great deal. A lot of the work has been covered within Health and Human Science. I also feel I have gained more confidence and life experience to be more prepared as a student nurse.

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