Ellie Stokes

Ellie stokes MA

MA Learning and Teaching

With invaluable support from UCB, Ellie’s MA dissertation subject opened a lot of doors when it came to pursuing a career with a strong focus on children’s pastoral care. 

The uniqueness of her topic, bereavement management in schools, gave her an edge and, today, she is making a real impact as a nursery key worker in a preparatory school.

Ellie chose to do her master’s at UCB because of the positive learning experience she had there as an undergraduate, plus the added incentive of the student internship.

“I was able to work for the University in return for funding my tuition fees,” she said. “It was a huge weight off my mind financially and looked great on my CV.

“The best part of my course was the fact I was able to select optional modules to enhance my studies and help me tailor the degree to my career aims. It was great to know I could personalise my master’s to suit what I was interested in, as well as improve my chances of getting the kind of job I wanted in the future.

“Having my master’s definitely gave me an edge when applying for jobs. If you are looking for a next step after your bachelor’s, but are still unsure about a definitive career path, then this is definitely a course to consider. I knew I didn’t want to go into teaching at primary or secondary level, but was very interested, academically, in the education system. This course helped me to explore what my options were career-wise.

“Today, I love my job as a nursery key worker and the fact I can now apply all the theory I have learned to practical scenarios. I also love having the responsibility of caring for my own students, as well as building up positive relationships with parents.

 “Ultimately, you should follow your passions. It may be something a little different or unusual, but if it drives you to give your best, that’s the main thing.” 

 

"Having my master’s definitely gave me an edge when applying for jobs. If you are looking for a next step after your bachelor’s, but are still unsure about a definitive career path, then this is definitely a course to consider."

Ellie Stokes
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