Fiona Fraser, Childhood, Culture and Education, 2008

Current role

I have two roles- 

  • I am studying at the School of Education for an M.Phil/Ph.D in histories of disability in education. 
  • I am Regional Business Development Manager for Cool2Care, a social enterprise that recruits, trains and places young people as personal assistants (PA’s) and carers for children and young people with disabilities

Career experiences

I had been working during my under graduate studies as a PA for a lad with PMLD. Through this job I was introduced to Cool2Care, and was recruited as a trainer for their Birmingham carer/PA program. Having worked as a there as a trainer for three months I was approached to lead their business expansion across the midlands, working with the government’s Aiming High for Disabled Children initiative. This requires only a 16-20 hour per week commitment leaving adequate time for my ongoing studies. I was keen to work in the third sector and this role fitted my dream job spec.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

I am developing a business model that can transform the lives of children with disabilities and support their families in everyday life (while still having the time to study for my post graduate degree).

And the worst thing?

Nothing – this job is amazing and empowering.

What was the best thing about your time as a student here?

I discovered a love of research and the possibilities of a PhD.

And the worst thing?

Fitting in my studies around my home life and family commitments.

In what way did living and studying in Birmingham live up to your expectations?

Birmingham University has a reputation as a good university and I found the academic resources and supervision to be excellent. 

Advice for current students 

Focus your dissertation on disability, childhood and social inclusion.

 
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'I discovered a love of research and the possibilities of a PhD'