Shannon Julian

Care and Protection Social Worker, Child, Youth and Family - New Zealand

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Social Work

Since a young age, Shannon had wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, so she chose to study a Bachelor of Social Work.

“My older sister studied at Waikato, and I knew I could live in Tauranga and do my Bachelor of Social Work while continuing to work and remain close to my family,” says Shannon.

“I had initially intended going to Hamilton, then I discovered the course was only offered in Tauranga and I was amazed at the convenience.”

One of the electives Shannon chose was cultural psychology, which she says was her favourite elective.

“I also did a human development paper that focused on ageing in an ageing society, which is relevant to life today in Aotearoa. I chose these subjects because in an ever-changing society, I wanted to broaden my scope around the people I’d be working with in the future. These subjects help me question my way of thinking and question society’s structures, enabling me to think critically.”

Shannon says her degree has helped her understand the views of others, and work alongside people from different backgrounds in diverse life situations.

Shannon is now a Care and Protection Social Worker at Child, Youth and Family. She works with children up to the age of 17 who are at risk and in need of care and protection. She also works with families who struggle in different areas of life who need help to ensure the safety of their children.

Her advice to anyone considering studying at Waikato is “get in and do it”.

“The University of Waikato is a great and supportive community that ensures that you reach your potential.”

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