Graduate profile - Elizabeth Hand
"I chose Plymouth University because I live in Plymouth and had parenting responsibilities and a child at school in the city. I chose this course because my access course in social sciences had sparked a particular interest in the criminal justice system. I expected to gain a broader knowledge of the subject area.

My experience of the course was that it was both challenging and interesting. My expectations were definitely met. The good bits were the supportive and approachable staff who couldn’t do enough to make the degree a positive experience. The bad bits, for me, were the work load in year three which I found hard to manage alongside some family issues. I overcame these difficulties by liaising with my lecturers closely and being completely up front. I found that they were very supportive and accommodated my difficulties as best they could. I would thoroughly recommend the course but you will only get out of it what you put in. Also, I would recommend doing some volunteering; it is not only rewarding, but it’s a real foot in the door to the criminal justice sector.

I am currently a Mental Health Recovery Worker within the CASS Office for Plymouth Magistrates Court. I manage volunteers, provide sign posting, perform general administrative duties, offer multi-agency working, support and attend meetings, provide feedback in court and engage in risk assessment. 

I think securing my current job has been a great achievement for me, however all of my positions, voluntary and paid, have provided me with a sense of satisfaction. I have met some wonderful people along the way, both clients and colleagues, and learnt so much - it has been a real journey and I feel that there is still a long way to go. My goals for the future are to continue to learn and hopefully be successful in all that I do. My qualification has definitely enhanced my career and given me the grounding to work with all of the criminal justice agencies."