When I left school, I went to the University of Strathclyde to study Psychology. In my first year, I studied Russian, along with a few other subjects, and I had a real affinity for it so decided to continue it to a joint Honours degree in Russian and Psychology. After completing that, I stayed on to do an MRes, in a paid postgraduate/teaching role, where I taught Russian language to undergraduate students. After completing the MRes, I began working at the BBC writing subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. I did this for eight years until I was accepted to start the PgDip/MSc course.

Having had a deep personal and academic interest in language and linguistics previously, my move to the BBC provided access to people with disabilities and it made me want to pursue both elements more deeply than that job would allow. I have experience of social care and volunteering with the Children’s Panel and also at the Speech and Language Therapy department of Erskine Care Home near Glasgow – all of these experiences led me to want to try something brand new and challenging but also to use the skills I’d developed in a productive way.

"I’ve met so far have been completely supportive and sympathetic to someone coming in to a new field. You learn so much on placement – it’s a really valuable and necessary aspect of the course."
Dermot Fitzsimmons

This led me to investigate speech and language therapy courses around the country and QMU’s two-year course was ideal, as I didn’t want to go back to undergraduate level to study.

The course has been intensive, varied, rigorous and very enjoyable. It’s hard work, but that’s to be expected. The staff are always happy to support you in any aspect of the course you’re not sure about or need further work on. They are very flexible in terms of the method of teaching they provide - they’ve offered revision classes and are quick to respond when there’s an issue you need to discuss. I’d say so far the best things have been the placements, both clinical and non-clinical. Being able to start applying and amassing more knowledge and experience out in the community almost immediately is daunting at first but the therapists I’ve met so far have been completely supportive and sympathetic to someone coming in to a new field. You learn so much on placement – it’s a really valuable and necessary aspect of the course.

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