Sam Harrison

After graduating, I went on to do a PGCE in Secondary Music. I am now working part time as a music teacher, going to various schools and running night classes at the local adult college. Alongside this I am now studying part time for a masters degree in The Psychology of Music in Education, through Sheffield University.

Your time at Plymouth

Studying at Plymouth allowed me to develop as a musician and to learn more about a subject I love.

The professional development programme and the wide range of opportunities offered to me helped me to develop a wide range of skills and disciplines, including performance and teaching. There is no doubt that these opportunities, such as running school workshops, helped me to secure a place on a teacher training course.

The opportunities not only allow you to improve different skills that are desirable to employers but, most of them, you get paid for!

Any advice?

If I were about to start university again, I think that I would start working as soon as possible. It’s so important to build up relevant practical experience. It’s what employers are looking for.

Get involved! I would have liked to have volunteered more at the University, as there are so many opportunities and so much to be gained from helping others. Also, I would have liked to been more involved with societies; again, there are so many societies to choose as there is really something for everyone.

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