I left school at 14 with no GSCE’s due to a bit of a rough family situation. I moved out at 15 and had around 14 different jobs from waitress to groom to sales person by the time I was 19. I then decided I wanted to do something more with my life and decided to follow in my Dad’s footsteps who’d had a very fulfilling if very challenging career as a Mental Health nurse. As much as he was supportive he explained the many challenges of working in the Public Sector, but I was excited to help people and build a career I could truly be proud of.

I am now a 26 yro, working and living within London. I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2013 and have been working with adolescents with additional and complex needs since. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and young adults and am extremely dedicated to my role as a mental health nurse.

I got promoted to Band 6 after just 14 months of being qualified (typically takes 3-5 years) and have been approached about Band 7 roles (Can take 10 years+ for some). I’m so proud of this given my bumpy start.

I have a very large family (I am one of 8 children) and, despite this, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family in my free time. I love travelling to new places, meeting new people and generally exploring the world we live in.