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Kate Ayres

Kate Ayres


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Biography

​Could you briefly explain your working day?

After graduation, I worked on a one-to-one basis with a little boy with ADHD and behavioural problems. My daily role involved hosting a Breakfast Club before the school day began​, providing support in lessons and hosting various afterschool clubs including multi-sports, art and games clubs. Working 1:1 can be challenging, but also rewarding as you develop your relationship with the child and watch them grow. 

What did you enjoy most about being a student at Leeds Trinity?

I appreciated the small size of Leeds Trinity. It​ felt like a small, close community: very interpersonal and friendly. The tutors were approachable and I always felt that my views and opinions were valued. 

How did you find the work placements that were included as part of your degree?

I spent time working in a charity homeless shelter and giving primary school talks for two different health charities. Both experiences really opened my eyes and allowed me to explore different ways in which I could use the knowledge I was acquiring on the course into the working world.

The work experience placements were also invaluable in helping to recognise the importance of organisation, time management and communication skills as you see how these impact others when working as part of a team. 

Any final thoughts on being a student at Leeds Trinity?

Being a student at Leeds Trinity was an amazing experience and one that I will value for the rest of my life. I met some fantastic people and learnt some life lessons that provided me with the skills to achieve.

One of the greatest lessons I learnt was that you really do get out of life what you put into it. That hard work does pay off. Learn to be happy with yourself and know what you want in life but also what you need.

University is the perfect time to indulge in a subject that excites you and to explore the different avenues you could go down for your future career.