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Graduating in June? Step up to the front line…

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St Andrews chapter.

If you’re graduating this year and you’re freaking out about what to do with your life (like me), then why don’t you consider a career you’ve probably never even thought about?

Frontline aims to change the lives of children and young people by recruiting high-achieving individuals to a two-year leadership development programme. During those two years, successful applicants will undergo intense training to become professional social workers in addition to working towards both a post-graduate diploma and master’s degree. The programme offers more days on-the-job than any other route into social work, giving participants the opportunity to see exactly how their work can make a difference. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. If you don’t believe me, watch this video to hear from some current Frontline participants.

So, why should you consider social work as a career anyway?

  1. Children in social care are twice as likely to be drawn into the criminal justice system.
  2. Children in need are almost 4 times less likely to achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE.
  3. Children in social care are twice as likely not to be in education, employment, or training.
  4. Almost a third of the homeless population were in social care at some point in their lives.
  5. Only 6% of care leavers go to university compared to 38% of all young people.

There are many more statistics besides these, but they give you an idea of how much social care has an effect on those who are in it. Our society will be much better off if we invest in those who have been neglected, and focusing on training exceptional social workers is a good place to start. 

Changing society begins with changing the lives of children in need and helping to give them the best possible start in life. Do you think you’re up to the challenge?

Application deadline is this Thursday, 12th November. Apply here: http://www.thefrontline.org.uk/apply.

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Bea Bennett

St Andrews

3rd Year History student at St Andrews