Ellie Vara

Ellie VaraAfter graduating with a BA in English Language, Ellie now works as a Speech and Language Therapist.

How did studying at Birmingham help you in your career?

After completing the core phonology and grammar modules in my second year at Birmingham, I became very interested in this career path. The support I received from my tutors at Birmingham enabled me to secure a voluntary position as an SEN teaching assistant in a designated special provision (DSP) unit for children with speech language and communication needs which has, in turn, allowed me to progress to reach my current position.

Ellie Vara

BA English Language (2015)

“One of the best things about my job is the pleasure I gain from it. Observing the progress children make in response to speech and language therapy interventions is incredible.”

What is the best thing about your current role?

One of the best things about my job is the pleasure I gain from it. Observing the progress children make in response to speech and language therapy interventions is incredible. Providing them with the support they need and seeing their responses motivates me to also go that extra mile for them, just as my lecturers did for me.

What was the best thing about your degree?

The most positive aspect of my degree was undoubtedly the support I received from my department. I was inspired by some of the research conducted in the English Language department which allowed me to become confident and enjoy conducting my own research. Lectures, seminars and workshops were enjoyable and academically stimulating. Staff members often went the extra mile to help me at Birmingham, particularly when I felt under pressure from work or graduate options.