There’s more to job hunting than meets the eye

Looking for work says more about you than you think, according to research by one of our postgraduate OT students. Marna de Bruyn’s research revealed how the process is full of challenges related to the job seeker’s identity and to navigating institutions.

Marna de Bruyn

Marna’s research for her MSc Occupational Therapy degree, has been published in the Journal of Occupational Science. Marna, from South Africa and already a qualified occupational therapist, was supported during her studies with a UK Government Chevening Scholarship. Her paper was co-written by her university supervisor Dr Josh Cameron, Principal Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences.

The study explored the meaning of job-seeking as a human experience and occupation, and involved in-depth interviews with a job seeker at various stages of her search.

The 55-year old volunteer had been job-seeking for three months following redundancy. Initially, she was searching for administrative employment but by the end of the research project she had abandoned job-seeking to pursue a year-long, full-time course in counselling with the future aim of completing a university degree.

The research showed how her understanding of herself and her identity influenced how she made sense of job seeking. The authors said: “This process included encountering threats to her identity.”

There was also analysis of the supports and set-backs she experienced during job seeking, some of which were in her control and some were not.

The authors concluded that job-seeking is a “rich human occupation” influenced by internal and external factors related to the person, their occupations and environment. Future research, they said, could build on these insights by considering the efficacy of these internal and external supports and how job-seeking varies across different cultural and social contexts.

 

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Leaders of the future

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Stephanie Mott and Hannah Griffiths, are both studying Midwifery BSc(Hons) and Sarah Cottington is studying Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons). Continue reading

Podiatry graduate to NHS Chief Executive

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Graduation – prizewinners, the class of 2017

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Come visit us at our School of Health Sciences ‘Open Days’ in July

The School of Health Sciences teach a number of health courses over our two sites based in Falmer, Brighton and in Eastbourne.

If you are thinking about studying with us, why not visit us to find out more to:

  • find out all about your interested subject area
  • talk to staff and the students who currently come here
  • see the campus and get a feel for who we are and why you should choose us!

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Brighton health students to help improve dementia care

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The programme pairs families affected by dementia with undergraduate students studying healthcare.  Families take part in the project over a period of two years, and are visited by a pair of students three to four times a year.  It aims to help improve student knowledge, attitudes, empathy and care towards people with dementia and their caregivers. Continue reading

2nd National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings

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