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jamieName: Jamie
Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies [2+2]

BA (Hons) Social Studies graduate Jamie studied on the 2+2 Degree Pathway with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, achieving a 2:1 honours degree in 2019.

The mother of two’s journey began at her daughter’s school.

“I started talking to another parent who was on the same course and in her final year. The conversation was inspiring.” Jamie says. “At the time, I was coming to the end of my maternity leave and wasn’t really looking forward to returning to my job.”
Jamie worked as an NHS Administrator for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for 16 years.

“Whilst I enjoyed my job and was diligent in my role, I felt that I had much more to offer but was restricted by the absence of a degree.”

In October 2015, her student life began after 20 years of being out of education.

“It would be honest to say that initially I found the experience very intimidating as I had been out of education for so long.”

“As I quickly became immersed in my studies my confidence grew beyond anything I had previously experienced.”

“The modules I studied included social work, counselling, politics, health welfare and social policy, mindfulness, learning and development and teaching, learning and assessment and I did my dissertation on the perceived advantages of Forest Schools.”

Jamie hopes to work in the education sector, career coaching students in under-privileged schools and encouraging them into further and higher education. She will be starting her masters in MA Career Development and Coaching Studies in October 2019 to help build her knowledge of the careers sector.

“I am really looking forward to it!” She says. “I can honestly say the last 4 years have been a fantastic journey, I have learnt so much and met some wonderful people.”

“There is an abundance of help and encouragement for mature students at the University of Warwick. It’s never too late to learn.”