Jo Cox is a shining example of what can be done with hard work and determination.
The 32-year old from St Peter’s, Worcester, had been working as a Learning Support Assistant when she decided to enrol on the Foundation Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester.
“I was originally looking for some sort of short course just to help give me some more knowledge but when I found the Foundation Degree at the University of Worcester it seemed perfect,” she said.
Jo enjoyed the course so much that she decided to carry on to do the Top Up, as she could see how it would benefit her professionally.
“In my job I deal with an increasing number of students with mental health difficulties and it’s an area that really interests me,” she said. “The degree has really helped me in my job. There was a work-based element in my Foundation Degree which allowed me to learn by putting theory into practice, and that was really useful.”
Although the course enabled Jo to develop professionally, she admits that continuing her education was not all plain-sailing. Six years ago she was diagnosed with ME, a debilitating condition that results in chronic fatigue.
“It was a huge challenge balancing my health, work, and studies, but it was worth it in the end.”
Indeed it was. Jo went on to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Health Sciences and she couldn’t be more pleased.
“It has been a massive achievement for me and I’m really proud of myself for getting through it,” she said. “I feel I have really developed in my role as a result of the degree.”