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Elliot Greywynne

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Graduated 2018

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I really enjoyed my time doing my BSc (Hons) Psychology with Solent. The course covered a wide range of topics and methods, which enabled me to develop and carry out my third year project around a topic that I was personally fascinated by. Many assignments allowed focus on an area I chose , which meant that I was always doing something I was interested in.

As well as learning more about Psychology, this course also gave me a variety of tools that can be put to use in other areas - such as research methods and data analysis - so when I graduated I felt like I still had many options open to me, rather than being committed to one career path. 

The lecturers are all really friendly and approachable, and come from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, so no matter what you’re working on there is always someone who you can ask for help. 

The lecturers are all really friendly and approachable, and come from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, so no matter what you’re working on there is always someone who you can ask for help. My undergraduate degree was invaluable for learning and it was also a fun experience - I really felt accomplished and prepared when I graduated.

Having completed my undergraduate course with Solent, I was super excited when I saw the university offered an MRes in Psychology. My work in clinical psychology helped me realise that I wanted to pursue work in research, so I immediately applied for this course. 

I've really enjoyed the level of independence and challenges involved in this course, whilst also having the support of regular meetings with my supervisor. I like that this course is also built around guiding you into a career in psychology research, and it has allowed me to lead my own research project, and help prepare me for a research career in a range of different sectors.

Additionally, the course leaders are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I was able to choose my own supervisor and mentor from a larger pool of lecturers, which has ensured that I can be supported by someone who suits me. Overall, this course has been a great experience and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes me. 

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Victoria Gumbrell

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Child Development and Education)  

Graduated 2012

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To me, psychology is understanding the human mind and behaviour. Being able to understand behaviour means we can help find way to teach appropriate behaviours, and increase socially significant behaviours. This can have an incredibly huge impact on an individuals quality of life, and psychology is the development of an understanding of this process. 

Solent gave me a brilliant background of knowledge to start me off in my career. Having a base of knowledge to build upon was so helpful when I moved into my first post-degree job, and was invaluable at helping me progress in my workplace. 

Our education pathway classes were a particular highlight of mine. The introduction to autism in some of these sessions really highlighted what I wanted to do. And the weekly baking I and my course mates did helped too!

When I left university I got a job working as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) teacher in a specialist school for children on the autistic spectrum disorder. I worked with several different age groups from 10-19 over the next year, following the principles of ABA to help teach important and functional skills.

After a year I was promoted to a lead teacher, and had responsibility of a class of pupils and the teachers within it. During my time at the school I worked through two qualifications in ABA and well as completing my Masters degree in high incidence disabilities. 

After four years at the school, I moved to the adult services department to work as a team leader, responsible for a team of client and support workers. I developed and implemented behaviour support plans and programmes to help teach critical and required skills, and organised timetables of different activities including trampoline, swimming, cooking and gardening. 

My career highlight so far is a tough one to pick out. I am so proud of myself for completing my Masters while working a full time job, but within work it would have to be teaching a pupil to tie his shoes independently. 

This was a skill we worked on over a number of months and he was so exceptionally proud when he finally realised he could do it on his own! That small bit of independence meant so much to him, and his mum was over the moon at his persistence to learn.

We also had many pupils who had a high level of challenging behaviour, and teaching one in particular to use a communication system was so rewarding. Once he was able to communicate his own wants and needs, the number of episodes of challenging behaviour reduced from more than 200 daily to zero. And he was so much happier being able to tell us what he wanted, and to be understood. 

To someone wanting a career in this industry I would say focus on behaviour. Understanding why people behave in the way they do, and what they might be trying to communicate is essential to being able to help them and to progress in your career.

My degree taught me so many important skills, not just about psychology, but also about education, its history and the effects it can have.

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