‘I wanted to tell everyone I passed in the street that little old me from nowhere had come good.’


23.08.2018

Tracy Peart is a proud graduate who, in the year since gaining her degree, has already progressed in her career.

She is a hard-working parent who does not come from a wealthy background and started a degree after years of juggling jobs. Taking the leap into Higher Education with UWTSD changed her life and helped put her on the road to her dream role. This is Tracy’s story. . .

"It is not where we come from, but where we want or need to be,” says Tracy, who is proud of her degree from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the career boost it has provided.

"With drive and determination, this can be any UWTSD student. Work hard, put in the effort and you will reap the rewards.”

Tracy, who achieved a First Class MSocStud Integrated Master’s degree in Health & Social Care, worked full-time while studying, knowing that her qualification would create career opportunities.

While working and studying is demanding, says Tracy, it is worth the effort.

"Family background: not much money. Dad worked as a plasterer from the age of 15 and therefore never received an education as such. Mum, a proofreader in a printers’ firm in Newcastle, was an intelligent lady who studied hard in school. Both parents worked until my mum became too ill.

"Growing up really fast, I juggled two jobs and three children for a long time, acquired certificates along the way and wanted to learn more, do more, be more.

"At a period in my life when the opportunity felt right, when my children were all grown and living independent lives and I had moved to Wales, I decided it was now or never; time to embark on the road that would lead to my fantastic employment opportunities.

"I enrolled with the School of Social Justice and Social Inclusion (SJSI) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, initially doing Primary Education studies, but soon realised the Social Inclusion route was much more appealing to me and therefore I changed my programme (easily done and very helpful staff coordination) to the SJSI pathway Communities Families & Individuals. 

"At first, it felt odd being back at 'school' and I did have my doubts in the beginning as I had to overcome my own personal fears of actually failing and also the barriers to my age for learning new styles of education. I persevered and although my marks weren’t great in L4, I passed.

"Good, now to L5, I progressed and my marks were now hovering around 2:2. I started to really focus on my studies; my train of thought had suddenly gone from ‘I can pass’ to ‘I want a 2:2’.

"I gained a 2:2 and now on to L6. This is where MSoc came into its own. The opportunities that I had never had before were suddenly there. I can do this I told myself. My thoughts were now ‘I want a 2:1 to get onto the MSoc programme’. 2:1 achieved and I applied for MSoc and progressed to L7.

"This was, to me, a dream opportunity. I was working full-time so it was hard work studying at that level and working but I wanted this opportunity to open doors for me in my career. I was working at that time on Acquired Brain Injury Independent Living Trials for litigation cases with a Multidisciplinary Team of Health care professionals and Case Management.

"I completed my MSocStud and to my absolute amazement, I received a First Class Master’s Degree. I was ecstatic. I wanted to tell everyone I passed in the street that little old me from nowhere had come good.

 “I gained my first Registered Manager’s role, registered with CQC, off the back of my MSocStud shortly before graduating and was in charge of a large residential home for Alcohol-related Brain Damage (ARBD). After 12 months, and the experience I gained, I moved after being offered my current role as a Registered Manager for a specialist residential service for Acquired Brain Injury & Neurological Services with National Neurological Serves (NCG).

“My income increased greatly with my qualifications and my dream job is to move up to area operations manager, which I hope to achieve within 12 months. From there? The opportunities are endless. I work for a great company who operate more than 700 beds nationwide and my career is healthy. All of this has happened since graduating in July 2017.

“My sincere thanks go to all the great lecturers who devoted time and energy to making our dreams become reality. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Proud mum Tracy adds: “It has inspired my son, who has been offered an unconditional place at Newcastle University in Business Management in Practice, so he is following his own dreams now. How good is that?”

Note to Editor

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