Class of 2014
Michael, from Chorley, Lancashire worked for the NHS in adult mental community mental health prior to coming to university, supporting adults to live independently in their own homes.
"I was in a very fortunate position in my role as an Occupational Therapy assistant in that my line manager offered me a secondment to complete my OT training," he says. "I studied part time at uni whilst working part time in my role as an OT assistant.
“I chose to study at the university of Cumbria due to its great reputation. I had worked alongside OT's who had completed their degree at the University of Cumbria who had a very pleasurable experience. The reputation of both the quality of teaching and the support from tutors was enough to persuade me to apply!"
Studying at university has taught me that determination will get you through. Uni can be challenging at times but four years on and I'm about to reap the rewards in my future career as an Occupational Therapist
“My interest in supporting people who had a severe and enduring mental illness was enough to choose Occupational Therapy as my future career. Working in acute adult mental health gave me the experience and knowledge of OT which made me want to know more about the profession and eventually join.
He says, “I love the fact that Occupational Therapy can be practised in so many settings. I was fortunate enough to have placements in memory assessment, acute inpatient mental health, stroke rehabilitation and community mental health to name a few. The variety of clients, environments, physical and mental illnesses I experienced throughout my four years as a student was what I enjoyed most about the course.”
Michael adds, “All my placements were exciting opportunities. I learned so much from each one and always found it sad to leave! The past four years studying at university has taught me that determination will get you through. Uni can be challenging at times and it has its pressures. I was determined to finish the course, as difficult as I found it at times. Four years on and I'm about to reap the rewards in my future career as an Occupational Therapist!”