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Katie Seaborne - Alumni Case Study

We caught up with Katie about achieving her goals, the opportunities college gave her and her advice to those considering a career in the health sector.

Katie studied at Broadstairs College from 2015 to 2018. Starting on Level 2 Health and Social Care, Katie progressed to Level 3 Health and Social Care to go to university to study midwifery. Due to the midwifery course being oversubscribed the year she completed her Level 3, Katie stayed on at college and also completed a Level 3 in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification.

 

Why did you decide to study Health and Social Care at College?

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a midwife. At secondary school, I did worry that I wasn’t academic enough to achieve this, but it was all I wanted to do. I had an appointment with a Careers Adviser and they laid out the options, either A-Levels including Health and Social Care and a science subject; or I could study Health and Social Care at college. College seemed like the right choice, I could focus on the area I was interested in and gain hands-on experience through work placements.

Watching other people I knew who achieved things despite their own personal setbacks made me realise that you can do anything, it is really all about resilience and not giving up on your goals.  

What skills did you learn at College that really helped you in your career?

College taught me so much, but the stand-out thing was the work placements. You do lots of learning on the job to prepare you for work. It wasn’t just the practical skills either, you learn so much about having empathy and learning to manage your emotions. It can be really tough but you get a real insight into the industry.

Health and Social Care was an ideal starting point but I was surprised with how beneficial my Level 3 Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning was for my career goals. Midwifery is very much about educating women about their bodies and being advocates for women, so that focus on education has really added to my skill-set.  

What have you been doing since you left College?

I’m now in my second year at Canterbury Christ Church University training to be a midwife. My course is about 50% theory and 50% course work, so my experience of juggling working and doing course work at college has helped loads. I have also taken other opportunities to learn additional skills and I am a trained Hypnos-birth tutor. I also come back to College to talk to the Health and Social Care students. It is great to be able to support others wanting to get into the profession and offer support to students.

What is your advice for others considering a career in the health sector?

Get some work experience! The College will help you with this and it really opens your eyes to what working in health care is like. Midwifery is tough and lots of students drop-out because they don’t realise what they are letting themselves in for. You need to keep your eyes wide open and not go into it with rose-coloured glasses. Having some hands-on experience will help with this, and with the juggling theory and on-the-job training.

 

If you're considering a career in the health sector, you can apply for one of Health and Social Care courses online. If you are unsure about your future career, you can speak to one of our Careers Advisers