In the thick of it.. Sophie Foote is 20 years old and in her second year studying Social Work at UWE.
How are you finding it so far? My placement’s been going really well. Ever yone’s been so welcoming and it’s been really interesting. I’ve learnt loads and I don’t feel like I’m the ‘odd one out’ because I’m the student, I feel like a member of the team and a respected one at that.
She’s on placement in our South Glos team, so we asked her to spill the beans...
What was your motivation to get where you are? Honestly, I’m not sure. I guess knowing that Social Workers can have such a positive impact on someone’s life, wanting to help others help themselves.
So you didn’t always know what you wanted to do? No, I never really knew exactly what I wanted to do. Growing up, sport was my life, ever ything revolved around that. Now I still enjoy keeping fit and playing football when I get the opportunity but I’m focussed on my studies and reaching my goal of being a Social Worker. Quite a lot of people on my course have realised they don’t actually want to be social workers anymore; they want to do other stuff like work for the police or charities once they’ve finished.
What help and support did you get along the way? I’ve always had a vast amount of support from my family and friends, and teachers and colleagues. I’ve always been encouraged to follow my dreams and meet my goals, which is how I’ve got this far. My parents have always supported my decisions and because my auntie is a Social Worker I often talk to her about her job and experiences (without breaching confidentiality, obviously!). She’s done a lot for
(but apparently they’re all lovely!)
me such as arranging for me to shadow her and some other social workers. It helped me get a real understanding of what the job is like day-to-day.
What’s next? Graduating and starting a career in something I feel really passionate about. University has been the best time of my life and I’m only half way through!
What piece of advice would you give to young people looking to choose or start a career? Never give up; find a way to work round any obstacles. Even if it means a lot of research and planning, there is always a way to reach your goals. Find someone to talk to about any worries or issues. If you’ve got that goal in mind, never let someone crush that dream for you. Just go for it.
If you think you’d like to get into support work or youth work ask your Support Worker about “ Tr y It” a drop-in session with free advice about learning and work. Ever y Tuesday 2-4pm Old Market office.
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