With the desire to educate people about wildlife, Siobhan Hamilton-Tredinnick has ensured that her passions are translated across her educational journey and throughout her career.
Taking a slightly unconventional route, Siobhan originally studied for a Zoology Foundation Degree before deciding to complete her final top-up year in BA (Hons) Education and Training at Truro and Penwith College.
I may have come from an unnatural progression route, but I had so much support from the lecturers that the transition was seamless.
Volunteering with local wildlife organisations while studying, Siobhan was able to gain a breadth of knowledge around her specialist subject area. She said: “My advice is to volunteer in as many different places as possible because you never know what valuable skills you could gain.”
Her dedicated volunteer work ensured that she secured herself a position with Cornwall Wildlife Trust after graduating. She now delivers progress sessions to local secondary schools and runs workshops to help young people prepare themselves for employment.
Currently working on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Your Shore Beach Rangers project, Siobhan delivers different sessions ranging from beach safety to employability skills.
Motivated by the enthusiasm seen in how her lecturers teach at the College, Siobhan now mimics the same techniques in her own work with school children. “If you’re going to work with children in secondary schools and above, you really need this enthusiasm to keep lessons interesting.”
Her advice to any student transferring to the College from a different programme is to follow your passions and don’t let anything get in the way of it.
Don’t be deterred if you’re coming from a slightly unusual progression route or if you have a different background. The BA (Hons) Education and Training course will help you to succeed in any aspect of education and training after you graduate, there’s not just one option.