Ten years after my undergraduate Degree in Social Care, I felt ready to return to college to do my Masters. I had spent the past ten years since graduating working in both Health & Social Care Services and more recently as an Associate lecturer in Social Care. I worked in residential child care and in the adult disability sector, in both day services and community settings.
The Masters in Child, Family and Community Studies was an excellent fit for me. First of all the course was both affordable and manageable in a part time capacity. Secondly, this Masters proved to be an excellent and very relevant academic update for the sectors I work in. Many traditional models of service are reconfiguring themselves towards more ‘community based supports’. The MACFC allowed me an opportunity to explore concepts such as ‘Community’ at level 9 from various perspectives: children and families across the life span, major transitions, mental health, ageing as well as cultural and linguistic diversity. However, the course also provides other very useful modules on management and research methods. The dissertation allowed me an opportunity to explore policy related specifically to the disability sector. This allowed me to contribute to implementation of national and agency policy. I have also had the opportunity to share my research and findings nationally with the HSE, which is a proud outcome for me personally.
Finally, the knowledge gained from the Masters was vast and multi -perspective. It was great to be back in college around like-minded individuals yet from diverse backgrounds. Since graduating with the MACFC I have had the opportunity to become a Team Leader on a person centred project coupled with a new part time role in the education sector where the guidance and mentorship from the DIT staff has also really benefitted my own teaching.