Waterford born Natalie Power talks about her decision to study in WIT living and working in Cork and the experience she got from the college
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care graduate Natalie Power is from Co Waterford and lives and works in Cork.
What are you doing now that the course is finished?
I am living in Cork and I’m working with an organisation called Teen Parent Support Programme, we work with vulnerable pregnant teenagers up until the birth and for two years after the birth. A lot of our clients are young mothers and fathers from all walks of life with their own individual needs.
Did you do anything before doing this course in WIT?
I did the level 7 part of this course first in WIT. I really enjoyed the course and I felt it would benefit both myself and my clients to do the add on year and get the honours degree.
What made you come to Waterford to do the course?
I’m from Waterford originally so even though I lived in Cork I think WIT was the best choice. There’s a great buzz around the place the atmosphere is brilliant and the lecturers are great I just love the college experience here.
Was there any big experiences that stood out from your time here?
Today is definitely a highlight. But apart from today we got to do a lot of presentations and the work placements and the fact that the lecturers practised in social care over the years was very beneficial.
Where did you do your work placements?
For my first placement I volunteered with an organisation called Le Chéile so they work with young people who are or were on probation and then for my second placement I did that in Cork in The Bessborough Centre which is a residential parent/baby unit assessment.
Interviewed by Ian Bradley at Conferring 2018