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EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

Chelsea Tudhope Course: MSc in Midwifery

Background:

I’m originally from Niagara Falls, New York and was completing my degree in psychology in Florida when I met my husband Rich, who’s in the Royal Signals.

Sarah Barber

Course: Bar Professional Training Course

Background:

I finished my law degree at the University of Southampton in 2017. My husband is a Grenadier Guard, our daughter is two and my step-daughter is nine.

Reason for choosing this course:

I planned to study politics at university, but I got fed up with politicians and decided I was better suited to law. I’ve never looked back.

How does it fit with Army life?

We moved to Aldershot and I started the vocational training to become a barrister as it was easily commutable to London. But my husband deployed for seven months so I had to juggle

being a mum, working parttime and studying on my own. For some exams, I was able to change dates and times to make sure I could pick up my daughter and I had lots of support from my fantastic mother-in-law.

Next steps:

I’ve been ‘called to the bar’ – essentially a passing out parade for barristers – and I hope to find pupillage within family law to complete the last part of my training.

Top tip:

Don’t let anything hold you back – it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. There are tons of options for studying, you just have to be focused and accept support when it’s offered.

Reason for choosing this course:

After having my first daughter I became fascinated with supporting women through the transition to becoming a mother.

How does it fit with Army life?

It’s very challenging. Not only is midwifery a threeyear, full-time academic course, but you’re also expected to follow your mentor’s full-time schedule which includes night and weekend shifts. We’ve had to arrange full-time childcare and

have been lucky enough to live on a wonderful patch with supportive friends who help with school runs. In Scotland the course is funded and I also receive a bursary which helps to alleviate some of the childcare costs. It wouldn’t have been possible to move and complete the course; we were able to extend so I could finish my final year here.

Next steps:

As soon as I graduate we will be off to our next posting and I can apply for midwifery roles.

Top tip:

At times it’s quite a minefield to work out logistics, but it’s amazing to build a career in something that you’re passionate about. I would highly recommend it.

AFF training portal coming soon TRAINING has been a key focus for AFF for many years. Our recent employment research report delivered by the University of Warwick recommended that more information needs to be made available to spouses to help them make choices about training. We’re now in the process of developing a new online

www.armyandyou.co.uk

employment and training platform which will offer access to educational and development opportunities as well as career related information. Look out for the platform’s launch this September. If you have a question about employment or training, contact Laura at etam@aff.org.uk

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