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Brunel skills equip alumna for a career in social work

Rochelle Lotsu

Brunel has equipped me with the fundamental tools to become independent, hardworking and more importantly, a good member of the community.

Rochelle, Alumni

Social Worker, Wandsworth Council

Sociology (Media) BSc - 2011

From UK

Tell us about your career journey since you graduated…

I started off working part time roles in a library and then some shops before realising that I wanted to work with young people as a Social Worker. I wanted to be able to support people, so I volunteered in the sector that I felt would be beneficial to the role.

What does an average day at work involve for you?

The average day includes assessing children and families, attending court, initiating CP enquiries and working with vulnerable children and families to enact change in their circumstances. I also undertake home visits, chair CIN and CP meetings. I also write child and family reports, taking into account their current needs and how the department can support them. I also write plans with smart and measurable goals.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

To date the highlight of my career has been something that I have been exceptionally proud of, making me feel as though I am good at what I do working within the public sector. The highlight would most certainly have to be when I was involved in the process of assessing a traveller’s family and being able to build a rapport with them.

How would you say Brunel helped you to get where you are today?

Brunel has equipped me with the fundamental tools to become independent, hardworking and more importantly, a good member of the community. I learnt what it meant to have boundaries - working hard to play harder. This notion has enabled me in a number of areas of life which I have Brunel to thank for.

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

I would recommend Brunel to others based on the social life, lectures, food, the area and the people. The course was well taught and the people at the Uni made it a fun and relaxed atmosphere for all. The teachers were understanding, talented and supportive - they allocated me the help needed to ensure my work was done.

What is your best memory of studying here?

My best memory would be staying in the halls of residence where I had lots of fun with friends. I feel confident and happy that I spent some of the best years of my life at the Uni. I also remember fresher’s week, holidays with friends from Uni and helping friends with shopping for our very broke days!

If you could give one piece of advice to new students, what would that be?

The advice I would give to the new intake is that they should not take deadlines for granted - the time given to complete the work is what is expected of you to produce work of a good standard. Make good links. Socialise with like-minded people. Time management is also very important.

What would be your top tip or advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey?

The job market can be very hard to get the roles you want and can be competitive. You should network and volunteer within the sector you want to work in, which will enable you get in the fast lane to your chosen career. It always looks good for the employer to see that you have travelled, so try and travel as much as you can.