Mark Iggulden - MA in Youth & Community Work 

Outdoor enthusiast Mark Iggulden was working in his dream career as a Duke of Edinburgh Development Officer for Newport Council, when he enrolled on the MSc in Youth and Community Work at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2008. 

As a keen sailor and climber, with experience as a further education lecturer, Mark was an ideal candidate for the job, which involves developing the awards for young people between the ages of 14 and 25 - encouraging personal achievement, adventure, community and social involvement and a widening of interests.

However, despite his previous experience and qualifications as a lecturer, Mark did not possess a relevant Youth Work qualification.

Mark said: “I decided to study the Masters qualification on a part-time basis alongside my main job, which took three years. I was keen to make sure I had all the relevant professional qualifications which were needed for the role I was doing, as well as to continue my own professional development. Cardiff Metropolitan University was one of only two places in the UK offering this kind of qualification, and it is also accredited by the JNC (Joint Negotiating Committee) for youth and community workers.”

He added: “The course has been a real eye-opener for me, I’ve learnt a lot about myself and the way I work. The course is split between theory and practice, and you are encouraged throughout to use your own day-to-day experience to develop your skills.

“I’ve taken on extra hours of work outside my own job to be able to gain experience in a role which is different to mine, such as spending some time as a school youth worker. That is a role which is very different to my usual work; there is a more emotionally challenging aspect to it. By taking on these new experiences and reflective processes during the qualification, I’ve learnt a huge amount and gained in confidence, which has had a really positive effect on my current career.”

Under the spotlight:

2001: Graduates with a BA Hons in Geography and Environment Studies (University of Wales Newport)
2002: PGCE Post Compulsory Education from Cardiff University
2002-2008: Works as a Further Education Lecturer
2008: Duke of Edinburgh Development Officer for Newport Council, enrols on the MSc in Youth and Community Work at Cardiff Metropolitan University

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