Chloe, Research Assistant
Chloe is a research assistant supporting our Assessment and Therapy Service.
How long have you been at Five Rivers?
I joined in 2015 as a Trainee Therapeutic Practitioner in a Residential care home after graduating in Psychology.
Have you always worked in Children’s Care?
No – I have previous management experience in hospitality! After I graduated I felt I wanted to do something where I could use my degree to help others rather than just doing something that’s all about profit. After joining, I was promoted quickly to Shift Leader, then Key Worker then Senior Child Care Worker then appointed Deputy Manager in June 2016. I have always enjoyed the management side of things and I want to support the staff as well as the young people we work with but I decided not to go for Registered Manager – that was not for me. I needed to use the skills I have got to support my next move. I started to look out and this Graduate Research Assistant role came up from the company!
What’s the best thing about your job?
I like to see all the progress our young people make, helping them to achieve their individual goals and expectations. I also enjoyed being a part of each child’s future transitions, helping to nurture the skills they require for the next chapter of their life journey. I’ve also had a lot of fun – working at the home brought out new talents such as dressing up as Santa, making enough chicken nuggets to feed an army and perfecting my bottle flipping skills! Now I have set myself a career goal to get a Master’s in Health Psychology – I want to focus on mental health and supporting people to have a more positive lifestyle.
What are your career aspirations and how could Five Rivers help you reach them?
I am not 100% sure of my end goal as yet, I am fairly open-minded as to where my Masters will take me. Five Rivers are very supportive of me doing a Masters and my boss is keen to help me achieve this goal with his advice and guidance. Ultimately, I would like to use my knowledge, experience, and opportunities to help those who are less fortunate than myself, specifically in mental health. When you see the progression of a young person and how you can support them into a much more positive lifestyle, that in itself makes it all worthwhile.