I went to university determined to complete a degree in English and History. I had no real idea of any kind of career and was a little scared I might end up teaching!
I left that degree after the first year and through my then boyfriend I came across Occupational Therapy. He was training as a mental health nurse and introduced me to some really inspiring people. I was really lucky in that they let me spend a few days following them around and seeing what they did.
I was able to ask lots of questions, gaining real insight into some of the problems patients and clients had in getting on with life. That is how I still see Occupational Therapy: a profession that enables others to get on with everyday living in a very practical way, regardless of any illness or disability they may have.
I have always been grateful to those who let me into their working lives and gave me, for the first time in my life, the desire to pursue a career. I continue to take my lead from those who engaged with me all of those years ago, sparking in me a passion for my profession and how it could influence others.
Engaging with people is essential. As a member of the teaching staff here at Cardiff University, how could I not engage with those out there in my own field?
We are committed to the communities of Cardiff, Wales and beyond, working with them to help those who do not traditionally engage with us.