Prior to joining the NHS Grad Scheme in 2016, I studied Combined Honours in Arts (History, Philosophy and Politics) at Durham University. During my final year of University, I was uncertain of my future career path. I have always had an interest in mental health, so for a while I considered pursuing a further degree in clinical psychology, or health care policy. I then discovered the NHS Grad Scheme, and decided this would be a perfect way to channel my passion for improving mental health services. As a politics student, I was also very aware of the political pressures upon the NHS. Consequently, I am excited to have been presented with the opportunity to join the NHS at a period where it faces great challenges.