Staff Blog | Social Care Careers with Isobel Maclennan

Our new lecturer in Health, Social & Child Care Isobel Maclennan shares her career path and discuss our new course - Introduction to a Career in Social Care

Name: Isobel MacLennan

Job title: Lecturer

Subject area: Health, Social and Childcare

When did you join us : September 2021

Tell us a little about your career path – what did you study, where have you worked and gain experience:

I always wanted to work as a healthcare professional and while I left school to become an Occupational Therapist, I quickly realised that Nursing was my passion.  I started my nurse training between Stornoway and Inverness and got my first job at the Uist and Barra hospital.  This was a great opportunity for me as I was able to gain a variety of experience in the wards, theatre and emergency department before moving to Community Nursing.  I was also fortunate to have gained further experience in a stroke unit in the Western Isles Hospital before deciding to take a career break and focus on becoming a full-time parent. 

After my two sons went to school, I really felt unsure of my path.  After much consideration, I decided to embark on a career in Social Care which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.  My passion for care was reignited and I learned new skills which helped me to gain in confidence before moving to the Accredited Training Team at the CnES where I became a tutor for the Foundation Apprentices and SVQ Assessor. 

Working as a lecturer gives me the opportunity to support others with their career choices and identify the right path for them; to recognise that a career in health and social care is not just challenging but highly rewarding.  I never envisioned myself as a Lecturer with the opportunities that I now have for academic and career development. The college supports my ongoing progression and I am currently working on becoming an Internal Verifier for SQA before starting on the TQFE for my qualification in lecturing. 

Why do you love to teach what you teach:

Making a difference to someone’s life is fundamentally important and I enjoy supporting others to develop their passion for health and social care.  The sector offers vast and varied opportunities and it’s great to work with both the current and upcoming workforce and watching them embrace a compassionate career in care.

Why should people learn with you? – what opportunities does you course/subject offer:

My own background has shown me that there is no wrong path and you should grab every opportunity that comes your way.  The courses available have been developed to support people who are at every stage of their career.  We offer introductory courses to care right up to higher education levels.

Tell us about the new course you lead on, “Introduction to a Social Care Career”

This course is so exciting as it offers something new to people considering a career in social care. The course has been designed for those who enjoy working with people, are compassionate, have a sense of fun, and are seeking a new rewarding career helping others live their lives to the full. Perhaps you are considering a career change but you are not quite sure of how to take the first step, then this course is for you.

It is a series of 5 units broken down over 6 weeks and you can study in your own time with support from me as your lecturer. Everything is taught on line and the course is designed to be flexible and work around you but also provide the support you need from teaching staff like myself. Students have the flexibility to work at their own pace but with tutor support when needed. This course is about discovering the amazing opportunities your can discover in a career in social care and the fulfilling career it can provide.

The course is free and you can enrol anytime between now and May. If anyone has any questions they can speak to me anytime by dropping me an email at isobel.maclennan@uhi.ac.uk

What is your favourite thing about the college

My team are so supportive and have really welcomed me.  It’s clear to see the ethos within the college and it’s so rewarding to teach a variety of courses that will contribute to our local economy and develop a skilled and trusted workforce.

Find our more about our new course - Introduction to a Career in Social Care