Course studied: BSc (Hons) Criminology
Graduating year: 2018
After graduating, I was successful in being offered a 12 month Graduate Teacher Trainee position, working in the Education Department of three prisons in the South West of England. This role gave me the opportunity to apply the theoretical learning acquired during my studies into practical situations.
Whilst in this role, I completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and half way through the training period, I was successful in my application to become a Generalist Lecturer at a local prison, where I now teach Maths and English.
Why did you choose the course you studied at Bath Spa?
I chose the BSc (Hons) Criminology course as I liked the variety of modules offered, which allowed me to personalise my studies and tailor them towards the path I hoped to follow.
What were the highlights of your time here?
One of the main highlights for me was being able to complete placements at both HMP Bristol and HMP Erlestoke. During my second year, I decided that my long term career goal was to teach in a prison. Therefore, these placements gave me a realistic insight into daily life in offender learning.
How did the course support your steps into industry?
My lecturers were fantastic with regards to supporting my steps into a career in offender learning; in particular my course leader. She ensured that she had a clear understanding of what paths her students wanted to follow and as a result of our career discussions with her, she ensured we were regularly advised of contacts and job vacancies that may have been of interest.
The best thing about the course
The best thing about the course was how supportive my Criminology cohort were. Students on the course were always open to helping others if they found certain modules difficult.
My advice for current students
My advice for current students is to take advantage of your lecturers' wealth of knowledge! They have successfully guided students through their degree and they will always have your best interests in the forefront of their minds.
Furthermore, use your spare time wisely. Volunteering in your potential field will showcase to future employers your dedication and motivation to work in that environment. I firmly believe that volunteering for two charities (one helping disadvantages children and one in a prison environment) as well as having a part time job were factors which helped me achieve my current role.