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Graduation 2017: Layla’s on the way to her dream job after graduating with flying colours

Layla Hassan, 25, Early Years Education degree. July 2017. Neil Gibson

Layla Hassan


A trainee teacher from the University of South Wales (USW) hopes to help people all over the world to learn English after graduating with a 2:1 degree.

Layla Hassan, 25, from Pontcanna, Cardiff, started at university four years ago after realising her full-time job – as a call centre assistant at British Gas – wasn’t for her.

Despite leaving school not knowing what she wanted to do, Layla soon realised she dreamt of becoming a teacher. So after studying an Access course in Humanities, Layla enrolled studied on a three-year Early Years Education degree – and has loved her time at USW.

“Applying to university was the best decision I could have made,” said Layla.

“I’ve made lifelong friends and have a clear idea now of what I want to do in my career.”

Layla, whose dad came to Wales from Somalia as a young child, has already enrolled on a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course – an intensive programme which will prepare her to teach all over the world.

“It’s a qualification I can literally take wherever I want to go,” she said. “I’d love to travel and I’m keen to learn about other people and their cultures, so it would be my dream job.”

Layla has also volunteered at a Cardiff community centre and helped refugee families, which she said has been a rewarding experience.

“I’ve seen how being able to speak even a little English has helped so many families here, so that has made me want to try and help as many people as I can.”

She would eventually like to study a PGCE to become a primary school teacher and work with children with special needs.

“I’m really proud of myself for taking the plunge and returning to education,” Layla added.

“It’s been a long journey but I’m so happy with what I have achieved.”


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