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Libby Johnston – Graduate Case Study

Studying Human Geography at Newcastle University sparked an interest for Libby in the important link between housing and community.

“I wanted to pursue my career in this field and within an organisation with social objectives,” she explained.

“Sanctuary struck me with its commercially driven environment, to enable a sustainable provision of services to vulnerable people. The offer of rotations around different business arms in one of the UK’s largest housing associations and the experience this would bring appealed to me.”

As part of the Graduate Development Programme, Libby undertook placements in Supported Living, Maintenance and Reinvestment, Commercial and Care, which not only provided her with great variety but also highlighted both her strengths and gaps in her skillset.

Having completed the Charted Institute of Management Accountants Certificate, Libby said: “The graduate scheme offers an excellent balance of support and being challenged. A dedicated learning and development manager, and an established peer support system, encourages active growth and reflection for improvement.”

Libby, who also intends to complete a PRINCE2 Practitioner Project Management qualification, has now secured a permanent position as a Projects Analyst in Sanctuary Care.

“I will have the opportunity to contribute to a range of projects to ensure we deliver the best service to residents”, she added.