Success for the 2023 graduates!

In 2021, Ngaio was successful in securing an interest free loan from Futures for Women to study a post graduate certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling. We were impressed with her determination to support others through her academic achievements and so it was a pleasure to help fund part of her journey. Having now completed her course, this is what she had to say:

“The interest-free loan awarded to me by Futures for Women allowed me to take the first step towards a career that I had been wishing to take up for many years. I began the PG Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2022 and it was everything I had hoped for. I will be forever grateful to Futures for Women for giving me the means, and with it the encouragement and belief, to take the leap into a new future.

The course was taught through a combination of theory, experiential and personal exploration and has given me the foundations and appetite to continue onto the next stage of learning which includes an additional clinical component. I was pleased to be successful in gaining a position to continue onto the PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice this year.

The training has given me access to a range of literature, and to the Oxford Psychotherapy Society which offers talks and events throughout the year, giving me the opportunity to keep up to date with current thinking, learn from experienced practitioners, and stay involved with this field of work. Moreover, I am integrating what I have learned on the course into my daily work as a College Gardener, expanding my role to provide a therapeutic space for students, offering mindfulness and a space to talk in the garden. 

I cannot thank Futures for Women enough for the loan to study in my chosen field. It gave me the confidence to take a step towards a new future, and supported me to believe in myself at a time when I needed it most. Thank you”.

Ngaio on Graduation Day outside Oxford’s Old Bodleian Library.

Meanwhile in Tech Studies…

Emmanuella writes: “With the support of Futures for Women I was able to achieve a first class in my study of MSc Computer Science at the University of Kent. For my final project I developed an application in Android studio using test driven development, inspired by the medical practice of neurofeedback, that uses an embedded computing system in the form of a classification model and time tracking algorithms to classify and inform users when inattentiveness is detected.  

Shortly after my graduation, I joined the Black Women into Tech and Data programme by Generating Genius, which provided me with 1-1 mentoring, networking opportunities and technical workshops. I then started my employment at Sparta Global as a Java Test Automation Engineer, where I was able to gain my ISTQB Tester Foundation Level qualification. 

I want to express my deep gratitude to Futures for Women for supporting me on my journey into the tech industry!”

Emmanuella after completing her studies!