Successful career change for Stephen with RGU degree

Aberdeen student Stephen Grieve is celebrating success after graduating with a BA Honours Social Work degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Stephen GrieveThe former Menzieshill High School student graduated on Thursday, July 14 at His Majesty’s Theatre. 

Stephen (39), who previously worked as an Area Coordinator within the retail industry, sought a career change and decided a degree from RGU was the right path to achieve his goal.

Mature student Stephen had a lot to handle going through an intense degree with a heavy workload of placements and coursework, whilst also juggling family life and working three jobs.

He said: “It was a struggle, but I managed it. I have definitely grown as an individual and I feel a real sense of satisfaction and achievement.

“The experiences I have faced over the years, good and bad have shaped me to be the person I am today.”

Stephen, who has recently secured a job with Aberdeen Cyrenians for its Domestic Abuse Support and Accommodation Project, a vital service for vulnerable individuals, also reflected on the support he received throughout his time at RGU.

He said: “We all looked out for each other on the course and many of us plan to stay in touch. The support from not only my friends but from the staff at RGU was second to none and kept me on track to achieve my goals.”

RGU combines placements with academic teaching at the university's School of Applied Social Studies in order to prepare students for industry. Stephen thrived from his placements and has grown in confidence, preparing him for his new role.

He said: “Through the different modes of learning I have managed to adapt to the requirements of the project I am currently working on, the use of industry experience has been a great help for the future.

“I’m gaining valuable experience from my role at Aberdeen Cyrenians as well as being able to help those in need.”

Securing a degree from RGU has opened many doors for Stephen within his chosen field, not only has he achieved an academic qualification but he has also expanded his personal skill set and shown his family that hard work pays off.

He said: “Seeing my family’s faces at graduation and showing them what you can achieve when you put your mind to something has been a very proud moment.”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer | Health and Sport