University can be a confusing time. So, what happens if you change your mind? Student Blogger, Emily, chats to us about what happens if you change your mind about your future career:
Hello readers! Emily here, a final year Law (LLB) with Forensic Psychology student! Today I’m going to be talking about changing career paths, and three ways the University have really helped and supported me through this.
First off – a bit of background! I came to University with every intention of joining the Army afterward. I’d had my heart set on this career path for a long time, and then it all changed! University is a time to develop who you are as a person; finding who you are, what your passions are, and where you want them to take you.
This change started started thanks to the ‘Careers in Criminal Justice Fair’ on campus in my first year. I went along to find somewhere to volunteer and came away with a whole lot more than I expected! From that, I began volunteering at YSS as an Appropriate Adult – a responsible person over the age of 18 for a young person aged between 10 and 17 who has been arrested. It was in doing this that I found my true passion. However, I wanted to keep up with the Army and joining the University Officer Training Corps has allowed me to have the military in my life part time (if anyone wants any further information on this, let me know!), as a reserves unit for university students!
Personal Academic Tutoring
The University has been hugely helpful in supporting me through this change. Around Christmas of my second year, I sent a panicked email to my personal academic tutor saying I didn’t know where to go from here – all I knew is that I wanted to work within the criminal justice sector – from there? I was lost. My tutor replied to me within 30 minutes, and we had a zoom set up for a week later. I felt listened to, and I didn’t feel alone – he refers to these instances as ‘mid-degree crises’, as they happen so frequently among second year students. He gave me useful information, taking into consideration both my grades and my feelings. The meeting left me feeling truly supported, my feelings normalised, and less alone.
The Law School has an impressive number of contacts outside of University Life, so when the opportunity came up to gain a professional mentor, I took it with both hands! There was an application process, in which you sent in your CV, and a covering letter explaining why you believe you’d benefit from a mentor. I was extremely fortunate and was allocated Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones as my mentor. She has gone above and beyond to put me in touch with other professionals in the sector. This would not have been possible without the Law School – and for that I am extremely grateful.
During my second year, I completed the 4 levels of the Worcester Award, ending with my platinum award. The Worcester Award is run by the careers and employability team – it helps students in gaining experience, transferable skills, and confidence in themselves. This was a considerable help when changing career paths.
Overall, the University has supported me throughout my ‘mid-degree crisis’ in a multitude of ways, leaving me not only feeling supported, but also more confident in my choices. Thank you #TeamWorc.