After graduating from University Campus Barnsley (UCB) in summer 2017, Hannah Carnell has taken time out of her hectic schedule to inspire current UCB Music students with her passionate outlook on career progression.

Whilst studying towards her BA (Hons) Popular Music degree, Hannah liaised with the UCB careers advice team who assisted her in deciding on her career in music therapy. With the help of her tutor Susan Donnelly, Hannah secured a voluntary 18 month work placement with Qdos Creates, a Barnsley-based organisation which delivers performances, workshops and accredited courses regionally and nationally for young people and adults.

Hannah’s time with Qdos Creates has allowed her to gain valuable experience and knowledge of music therapy. This experience has helped Hannah in forwarding her career and is now aiding in her current endeavour to secure a master’s degree in Music and Psychology.

The 21-year-old, of Hoyland, is now using her experiences to inspire the next generation. Coming in to UCB to speak with current Music students at the campus’ recent Alumni Talk, Hannah shared her newfound knowledge.

She said: “I told the students a little bit about what modules I chose at university and how my work experience and extracurricular activities really benefited and helped me through my final year at university. The skills I learnt from Qdos Creates allowed me to open up more possible routes for careers, such as freelance work or further education.

“I hope the information I gave the students will help them feel a little more prepared for their case study or eventually life after UCB. Most importantly, I hope they enjoy what they do and take pride in that and their subject, it makes work and life in general a lot easier.”