History graduate lands dream job with university backing
A history graduate landed her “dream job” at one of Wales’ most popular landmarks.
Tracey Lavery is now working at Erddig Country Park in Wrexham after leaving Glyndŵr University with a First class degree.
Tracey was thrilled to take on the role of curator, having completed a work placement at the attraction, and volunteered there during the early part of her programme.
Admitting that she “lacked confidence” on starting the course three years ago, the Mold mum-of-three has been given a new lease of life and looks forward to many happy years at the Erddig museum.
“After working as a secretary and a teaching assistant when my children were younger I looked at ways and access back into education,” said Tracey.
“Studying at Glyndŵr University meant I could achieve a degree and there was an element of work experience that could give me a pathway into a career, a career I could enjoy.
“Doing that has helped me find my dream job; I couldn’t be happier than I am here at Erddig and I have Glyndŵr to thank for that.”
Tracey said a major selling point was getting to see the physical side of history and not just “reading books and sitting in a classroom”.
“That was what drew me to it, but also the nature of the course, with people there of all ages it made me feel more comfortable,” said the 48 year-old.
“To do my job you have to be a people person, but I wasn’t before I started the degree. It really built my confidence.
“I didn’t go to university when I traditionally should have but it didn’t matter, and that didn’t stop me getting a First either!”
She added: “History is a degree you should study because you love it, not just as a means to an end. In my case I am in my dream job and I could not be more grateful to the lecturers at Glyndŵr for helping me on my way.”
The lecturers in question, Peter Bolton and Kathryn Ellis, have given the degree a fresh twist with regular field trips, educational visits and interactive seminars.
Their efforts led to a staggering score of 95% in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) and a place in the top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the Complete University Guide.
“History is growing in popularity because I think people now realise that it provides so many essential skills,” Peter said.
“The way we deliver the programme ensures that students enjoy the experience and develop the tools and knowledge base necessary for when they leave.
“Employability is key, which is why we concentrate on communication, critical thinking, practical sessions and personal development – we try to produce well-rounded characters.”
He added: “Our student satisfaction scores are testament to that, and finishing 38th overall in the Guardian league tables – ahead of the University of Manchester – was another big boost for us.”
Kathryn said the success of past months is down to the hard work of staff in the humanities division.
“Everyone works as a team and has the best interests of the students at heart, they are always top priority,” she said.
“The students are of course aiming for a career on leaving Glyndŵr University and by developing critical skills in the study of the past we are preparing them for the future.
“If they study with us they are not just a face in the crowd, they’re not anonymous. We give support, flexibility and that personal touch, which has proven very popular over the years and more so now than ever.”
For information, visit: http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Undergraduatecourses/History