Emily Holgate

"Being a Manchester Met graduate means you get all the experience and you do loads of different things that you would not get at any other university. I’m proud to be an alumna of Manchester Met."
About my career

In my local authority, we work in a demographic that is in greater need for speech language and communication support. On a day to day basis, I assess children’s speech language and communication needs, complete therapy plans and carry out training for implementing different strategies within schools or at home, review the children’s progress and discharge them as appropriate. The favourite part of my job is seeing children achieve something they thought they would never be able to do, making a sound or saying a sentence. Seeing the parents and children’s faces light up makes everything seem worthwhile. At Manchester Met I learnt about the range of assessments which helped me get my job as it came up in interview: which assessments I use and why, and I now use that knowledge on a daily basis. There are so many different ways of giving advice or treatment to a parent or child. The case studies that I learnt at university mean I know what assessments or pathways to try as I have done it before during my studies and the experience of being on placement whilst at university has given me the confidence that I can do it in real life situations.

My top tip for students is…

Apply for as many jobs as possible, and send as many emails out as you can as that’s how I got my job. Keep going and believe in yourself, and whatever you choose to do will be okay!

I’m inspired by…

My close group of friends that I met as a student that I’m still in contact with. They were always there during my time at University even though I wasn’t living in Halls. The staff were also fantastic – whatever you needed them for they were always there and I’m still in contact with a couple of members of staff who have come out to where I work to give support and give up to date research to us. It’s fantastic to still be in touch with the University in that way.

Why I love Manchester Met

You get a lot of hands-on practice and you get support from students and staff – it’s a really great University to go to! Being a Manchester Met graduate means you get all the experience and you do loads of different things that you would not get at any other university. I’m proud to be an alumna of Manchester Met. I remember at graduation feeling really happy and successful, knowing I had that support from the tutors and students. It was such a lovely day to know that I had finally achieved everything.