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Laura’s journey from student to support worker

Laura Clark, Sociology Graduate.

“During the 3rd year of my degree, I began working as a part-time project officer with Inclusion Gloucestershire, a local disability advocacy charity, where I performed research into disabled access within public services.

I experienced some great opportunities, including giving presentations to local councilors at Gloucester Shire Hall. Following this, I began working as a Homelessness Support Worker within Caring for Communities and People. This role involves liaising with the District Council housing team, social services, local mental health teams and many other practitioners and services, in order to move people from homelessness into stable accommodation.

The role is incredibly rewarding and I feel lucky that I have found myself in such a good position at such a young age. The University was invaluable in its contribution to supporting my career journey – my sociology degree was enormously helpful and has given me a really strong understanding of the issues that my work clients face.

The Your Future Plan team is incredibly helpful, and I really encourage students to make use of the sessions and seminars they offer. I’m so glad I chose University of Gloucestershire for my degree – I 100% made the right choice.”