Ciona’s degree of success

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THE well-established 2+2 degree link opportunities between Aberdeen College and Robert Gordon University (RGU) continues to offer students safe passage through to a wide range of honours-level qualifications.

Peterhead woman, Ciona McCallum, is one of many who has taken full advantage of the articulation agreements and graduated from RGU this summer.

Ciona (22), from Rose Avenue, chose to pursue her interests in Sociology having successfully completed an HND from the college in 2010. Her fascination with the subject first began while at Peterhead Academy but, much to her surprise, the varied nature of the University programme led her down a different path.

During her honours year of the Applied Social Sciences degree, Ciona found that she preferred the psychology aspects, particularly forensic psychology. Her natural affinity for those modules was so strong that, upon graduation, Ciona is considering a career in the Police or Prison service.

Ciona made a conscious decision to strike a strict university-work-social life balance throughout her studies – a decision made all the more difficult by a daily commute to and from her home town where she lives with her parents.

“This became particularly challenging in my fourth year,” said Ciona, “when I had to juggle researching, writing and perfecting a dissertation, alongside the demanding essay I had to write and exams I needed to prepare for.”

On top of all this, Ciona worked part time as a support worker for adults. Her hard work in and out of university has now paid off, as she has recently been appointed Social Care Officer for Adults with Learning Difficulties at Willowbank Bungalows, Peterhead through Aberdeenshire Council.

“This post is great as it allows me to incorporate my psychology knowledge as well as my past experience in the care sector”, she continues. “This is because it involves working with the young people, helping with school work and classes, individual teaching, planning their care and involvement with the care plans as well as promoting social activities”

Summing up her experiences in the last few years, Ciona concluded: “I highly recommend the course to anyone who is interested in the social sciences, and have to say that the Uni Link programme is a great option.