After 20 months of studying psychology with Liverpool University, I'm finally embarking on my dissertation. This represents the final stage of my MSc. My proposal should be approved within the next month which will be accompanied by an ethics approval.
After this, I can get started on the research, with the final deadline being in May 2020. The proposed project involves investigating how the father-child relationship influences the decision of students from a socio-economically deprived background to apply for and attend university. Hopefully it will be approved!
It's both exciting and daunting to arrive at this final phase, but I'm hoping that it will be a stimulating and rewarding experience.
I'm going to be starting a new role in September with a different school. It's still working in pastoral care with young people, but with more responsibility and in a different area to the one I've been working in for the last 18 months. Whilst I'm sure it will come with its challenges, I'm very much looking forward to starting and getting stuck in!
At the start of 2017, I did a career change course called Launchpad with a company called Careershifters. It was really helpful, providing me with the confidence to develop and pursue new ideas whilst equipping me with a variety of tools to use in the process of changing what my career looked like. A lot of the work that I'm currently doing is a legacy of that course.
I've recently been asked to help out with some of their programme material, including contributing to webinars and video material for their Launchpad training course. It's good to be able to give something back to others who have helped you!