Sheldon Rowe - BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management
Sheldon has been working at Lewisham Council for his work placement, as part of his course. An employee of the Council since 2010, Sheldon was able to undertake his placement without the inconvenience of moving jobs.
Sheldon works as a community transport driver where it is his responsibility to ensure that his passengers, which include the elderly and those suffering with a range of mental disabilities, are driven to their appropriate center safely. Working as part of a team which includes two driving attendants, Sheldon explains that the experience has been a real eye-opener for him. ‘It has been great to experience the practical side of caring for people and this has had a positive impact on my studies. As a result of my placement, I have developed a passion for helping those in need and I am now fully focused on continuing to change people’s lives.’
Paying special tribute to the ARU London Employability Team, Sheldon commented that the support he received throughout his placement was first-class. ‘There was a constant communication between the Employability Team and myself and I have been given excellent support throughout my entire placement experience.’
Sheldon believes that he has been able to grow both personally and professionally at Lewisham Council. His communication and teamwork skills have also benefited as a result of his placement. ‘I have come to realise that every individual is different and I need to adapt my communication skills accordingly.’
Reflecting on his experience as a whole, Sheldon believes that his employability prospects would not be as strong as they are now without the ARU London’s unique two day a week timetable. ‘I was worried about going to University for financial reasons but the ARU London timetable allows me to work alongside my studies so this is not an issue for me.’