Melanie Mann, BSc Health and Social Care

What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?

Diversity in modules, experienced lecturers (practical and academic experiences), extensive study support and international experience.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Skills I gained include; teamwork, bilateral thinking, independency, professionalism, thinking outside the box. It helped me to get a great basic knowledge on the topic of Health and Social Care. Particularly useful were the research modules (as they were vital for my postgraduate career).

What have you gone on to do since graduating?  

Postgraduate Erasmus Mundus Mater in Public Health and Disaster (Universidad Oviedo, Spain and Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden). I am planning on working in the Asian Pacific Red Cross Office in Malaysia, but also might explore possible UN internship opportunities in Copenhagen.

Where are you currently working? What are you enjoying about it?

I am currently in my last term of my postgraduate studies at Karolinska Institute. It’s very diverse but also specialised course. I am taught by leading researchers and professionals in the field. This course has opened up contacts and amazing opportunities such as going to India to conduct a study in the slums in Mumbai. I also have the honour to study with exceptionally bright students from all around the globe (leading medics, members of governments and public health experts). 

What would your advice be to new students?

Make sure you also get some practical experiences while studying (volunteering, carework) otherwise it will be hard for you to find a job in the field. Try to go the extra mile to get a good final mark, it is worth it! Also enjoy your time in university, it goes faster than you think. Socialise as much as you can, become friends with your lecturers and don’t be shy to ask questions.

Melanie completed her Health and Social Care degree in 2013.