Social Workers Previous Jobs | Suffolk County CouncilOn November 14, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
I originally went to university to do Aeronautical
Engineering. I left school with no qualifications and began
working as a butcher. I did a degree in Zoology.
I’ve been an Air Stewardess, I’ve been a Bar Manager, previous to that I’ve been a Holiday
Representative, a terrible Waitress. I had initially done a Bachelors’ Degree in
Psychology. It was between Social Worker, Paramedic and
Midwife. All during my kind-of late teens, sixth form
and the first year of university, I was doing lots of voluntary work, with different kinds
of people from children in local schools to street homeless, people with mental health
issues and I really, really enjoyed that and I thought ‘That’s the route that I want to
follow for my career’. So I dropped out after my first year of the engineering course and
the only course that would take me with science A-Levels was Sociology. I was known as ‘Nick
the Deviant’ but they took me on and I completed that for three years and then did a years
worth of voluntary experience and applied to do the Social Work Masters course at UEA.
I’ve always been really interested in people and systems, I started doing voluntary work,
helping people learn to read and write, working with disabled children and I kind of realised
that I liked it, so I thought I should get qualified in something. So I enrolled in a
Social Work course. I’ve always wanted to work with children and
initially, I started off just doing a bit of volunteering work for a Youth Offending
team and then I wanted to work with children full-time and I started off working in a residential
children’s home. And I think it was just a natural progression from there really.
And then one day I looked in the Lowestoft Journal, our local newspaper, and saw an advertisement
for youth workers. One night a week and that coincided with my doing Sociology GCSE at
college, which I’d started. So I started the GCSE as a butcher and finished… I guess
you could say as a full-time Youth Worker. The more I read about Social Work, the more
it made sense. It combines, for me, a lot of my interests anyways, so psychology, sociology,
a bit of law in there and, you know, a real interest in it and a love for working with
young people. So it kind of made sense, it was kind of the go-to option really.
You sit there, I’m married, mother of two without a maths GCSE, ‘What am I comitting
myself to?’. Five years, I’m going to be skint and it’s scary and everything. And now, it’s
the best thing I’ve ever done.