Graduate Elizabeth building Social Work career

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Date: 21st May 2018

Studying a degree in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University helped Elizabeth Njenga progress from working as a support worker to a position as a social worker with vulnerable adults.

Elizabeth, who graduated with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Social Work in 2017, is a Newly-Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) and a committee member for the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).Elizabeth Njenga

She returned to Bucks for the BASW England Student and Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) Conference, called Excellence in Social Work: Employment and Theory, which welcomed more than 200 people.

Elizabeth, who is undertaking an Assisted and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), working with adults, said: "Studying as a mature student at Bucks New University paved the way for me to become a qualified social worker after previously working as a support worker for over 14 years.

"I have been able to transfer the skills I gained as a support worker working with adults and people with learning disabilities to my current role.

"I am every much enjoying the role as it is something I had wanted to do for a long time and, thanks to my qualification from Bucks New University, I have been able to achieve this."

Elizabeth said she was supported to enrol with BASW while studying at Bucks.

She added: "As a result I have become actively involved with the organisation. 

"I was subsequently elected as the BASW England NQSW committee member and the role includes being actively involved with the professional development of students and NQSWs by planning and organising events likes the conference at Bucks."
BASW organisersBASW organisers
Elizabeth's involvement with BASW has also seen her carry out roles including sitting on a judging panel for the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards, an annual event celebrating social work achievements.

Julia Wassell, (pictured below with Maris Stratulis, BASW England Manager) is a Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Bucks New University and said: it had been ‘a real privilege’ to work alongside Elizabeth again in planning the conference.

Julia Wassell (right) with Maris Stratulis of BASW
She added: “Elizabeth has gone on to represent the profession of social work with a great deal of enthusiasm and skill through her involvement with BASW.  

“I look forward to continuing to work with Elizabeth in highlighting the positive work and professionalism demonstrated by social workers.”

Picture: Joe Bailey.

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