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Emma Wardropper

Director: Present Mind

Emma graduated in 2000 with a B.Sc. in Social Psychology. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just a year after graduation, she has progressed to become a psychotherapist and directs Present Mind, a mindfulness training company.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

At the time of my application Loughborough was one of the only universities to offer a psychology degree which focused on the social perspective more than the biological, scientific perspective of psychology and the human brain.

Loughborough also appealed as it was a much respected, high-scoring university and helpfully it was also local to me.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

My time at Loughborough was greatly rewarding not only from everything I learnt on my course but also from the experience of living independently, managing my own finances, making great friends and having a fantastic social life. In terms of my career progression, Loughborough has been an excellent foundation.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

I don’t have experience or knowledge of computing courses but I highly recommend the Social Psychology course! If I had my time again, I would definitely repeat this degree.

More general advice would be to follow your gut instinct in deciding where and what course feels right to study for. No need to overthink; what will be, will be and generally just going to university is an incredibly worthwhile life experience whatever degree you chose.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

I didn’t at the time as solely focused on my studying (and socialising!). I do wish that I had perhaps considered some volunteering in a psychology-related field as this may have helped and encouraged me to go into what I do now, sooner.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

After graduating I took a role in a local corporate company (Capital One) and ended up specialising and qualifying in HR, where I worked for over 15 years.

I returned back to my psychology roots in May 2016 and trained as a Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher. Capital One funded this and I also launched mindfulness into the company and held therapy sessions with staff. I now work on a self-employed basis as a sole trader.

Can you tell us more about working for Present Mind as a Mindfulness Teacher & Psychotherapist?

For my mindfulness work I teamed up with two other teachers and we have formed a company called Present Mind. We deliver mindfulness training to a variety of private sector, public sector and charitable organisations across the UK.

I also see a number of clients for psychotherapy and hold 1:1 sessions to treat a variety of emotional conditions including anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma amongst many others.

What do you love the most about your job?

I love helping people to feel happier, calmer and more content. Introducing mindfulness to someone is very rewarding. I love teaching people practical techniques to help them relax and actually live their lives, and seeing how much more in control people feel when they realise they don’t have to listen to or believe all their thoughts. 

What does the future hold for you?

Practising mindfulness has changed my life in such a positive way that I will practice it for the rest of my life. I will be very happy to continue doing the work I do now for as long as I can.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002. I’m very proud with how I have progressed in my career whilst living with a disability and how I now run my own business doing what I love and helping people to feel better.

 You can find out more about Emma's work online

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