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Jordan Kyle Robertson

Gateshead, UK

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

After getting medically discharged from the British Army, Jordan Kyle Robertson made a plan to start a new career journey. Jordan knew he wanted a career and not just a 'job' so he signed up for the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree and is now aiming to get into teaching.

I chose the University of Sunderland because it looked better than the other universities in my area. I was offered help and support with my Skills Test, as I was looking to get on the Primary Education course before I changed over to the Childhood Studies course. Also, the open days felt that Sunderland was more student-focused and provided more help to their students. 

I needed something that I could do whilst working around future operations and my ongoing rehabilitation after getting medically discharged from the forces. I was advised about using my resettlement to fund a degree, so I looked into becoming a primary school teacher. So from this idea, I figured out what I needed to do to get into university and made a plan to start this new journey.

The best aspects of the course for myself are, how all the lectures and seminars are all on Canvas and we can prepare ourselves for them. The support provided by the lecturers and also the facilities that are on offer, such as; the library, study skills support, wellbeing team and also the student services provided for both educational and personal development support.

I would certainly recommend Sunderland to anyone. I didn’t think I would end up back in education but since leaving the army and starting college and now starting my 1st year at the University, Sunderland has definitely provided so much help and shows they are student focused.

Students should take advantage of everything on offer. There is so much available to students who study here and so much help and support which is available to help you get through studies. Always ask if you don’t know something. All the lecturers want to help and make sure you know what you're doing. They can't read minds, so being able to ask all the questions you need help with will just put you in good stead going forward. 

There is so much support provided for both educational and personal worries, that I feel so comfortable here knowing that there is so much help here to succeed in both pathways."

Published 20 March 2019

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