Criminology and Criminal Justice
I am currently employed as a child practitioner and work with children in care who require nurturing and support. The children I work with have complex needs and I help support them with their individual requirements, challenging behaviours and emotional difficulties.
I have enjoyed working as a support worker and helping those who have been brought up in unfortunate circumstances. Helping children overcome difficulties, seeing them grow into respectful and happier teens and building trust and relationships (which some children in care find difficult) has been extremely rewarding.
However a personal highlight has been having my baby boy whilst studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University who has brought joy, meaning and happiness into my life.
Studying the Criminology and Criminal Justice course at Wrexham Glyndwr has been one of my best experiences. I was a hardworking and determined student and I constantly strived for perfection. I wanted to be the best that I could be. The course provided me with the confidence to believe that I can achieve anything through hard work and determination. I do not consider myself to be an academic or a student who absorbs information easily, so for me to achieve great grades throughout the 3 years surprised me and motivated me to continue to work hard and never give up.
Not only was the course interesting, but Wrexham Glyndwr also provides excellent support for students. The lecturers have been inspiring and supportive throughout the 3 years of my studies and they have always been honest with feedback, which has helped me to grow and to develop new academic skills. Lecturers explain complex issues and topics clearly providing examples, which has always been helpful for me.
Other support includes the vast range of study skills that the library workshops provide, including how to reference, write an academic essay, IT skills and many more. There is also a careers centre on site which supports students with potential employment opportunities, CV’s and so forth.
The course also held career workshops where guest speakers informed students about their specific job roles. This provided an insight into what jobs are linked to the criminology course and what is expected of you when applying for these positions.
I have many memories of Wrexham Glyndwr University, including a visit to Altcourse prison and the many guest speakers we have had from various agencies. I am sure my favourite memory is yet to come as I am looking forward to graduating and feeling proud to receive my degree, knowing that all the hard work paid off.
Wrexham Glyndwr has opened doors and provided me with job opportunities/careers that I had not even thought of before and I am now currently looking into studying a PHD. I would never have thought that it was possible for me to even consider this without Wrexham Glyndwr. I would like to continue my criminology studies and study if and how credibility constructs a person’s guilt or innocence. This was a module in my last year which I found fascinating.
If I was going to give any advice to someone wanting to work in a similar field, it would be to attend and listen to the lecturer’s advice and take on board everything that they say. Not only are they great at what they do but they also all have knowledge and experiences of working within the Criminal Justice System so you are always guaranteed to be well informed and educated.
When lecturers offer to read 2 pages of your assignment or view a plan of an essay, ensure you write something down and show them. This gives you a real good indication if you are on the right track or completely off it. It gives you the best chance possible to obtain the higher marks.
Also, be organised with your lectures and assessments right from the start, put time away for your studies especially those who work full time and have families.
Finally work hard, push through the hard times and don’t give up. I used to remember little quotes in order to motivate me such as: -
“Work hard in silence; let success be your noise”.
“Work hard to get what you want; otherwise you will be forced to like what you get”.
I feel proud to have been a part of Wrexham Glyndwr University and successfully completing the course and obtaining a first class degree (one of my biggest personal achievements). Thank you to all the lecturers at Wrexham Glyndwr University who have made that possible.
Discover more information about our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, or for more information about our range of courses within The School of Social and Life Sciences, please visit the school page.