Helena Shepherdson

Why did you choose to study at the University Centre at Leeds City College?

I felt comfortable coming back to Leeds City College as I already knew the tutors from my BTEC at Thomas Danby.

What did you enjoy most about studying at the University Centre at Leeds City College?

I loved the atmosphere. I found it easier to study and received a lot of support from my tutors. There was also a balance between academic and social activity and this helped me to grow as a person and as a student.

What work experience did you complete whilst at college and what did you gain from these experiences?

I produced work for the Deer Shed Festival. We had to work towards a live brief and it was great experience working within the creative industry. I had the opportunity to work with toddlers and the elderly, running art workshops. I also had a chance to curate exhibitions within my local community. These opportunities showed me the different routes there are within the art industry.

Where are you working now?

I am studying my PGCE at Leeds City College and I am doing my placement at Park Lane Campus.

What does your job involve?

Teaching art to students who are 16 and above.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in your industry?

Prepare yourself for a very intense year of studying, with excellent rewards throughout.

How do you apply the skills you learnt on the course in your job role?

The knowledge I have acquired in the art industry is vital in my job role, as I am not only teaching students art but teaching them employability skills as well.

What advice would you give to someone who is unsure about what degree to choose/whether a degree is for them?

I would advise them to make an appointment and come down to the University Centre and speak to the students. Their knowledge and experiences are invaluable and they will get a better sense of what courses are on offer and if it is right for them.