MSc Project Management with Advanced Practice
What made you return to education?
I am looking to change my career once my youngest daughter goes to secondary school.
I have been working in the NHS as an Admin Coordinator for the past 24 years. My eldest daughter is at university and my youngest daughter is getting ready to start secondary school, so I’ve been working part-time.
I thought it would be good to change my career now that I’m going to get a bit more time to myself. I’m currently studying the MSc Project Management with Advanced Practice programme. I chose the 2 year programme because I thought it would be good to get work experience if I’m going to go into that kind of field.
What are your plans for when you finish the course?
I wouldn’t mind going into construction or working for Network Rail. I’m the kind of person that likes being out in the field. In my current job I’m just behind a desk so it would be good to go out, explore and do a bit more.
Why did you choose Northumbria University London?
When I read through what Northumbria University London had to offer in terms of the programme structure, and having listened to student testimonials, it seemed really good. Plus it’s in London and very easy to get to. Having 2 days a week on campus is perfect for me too.
How are you finding the programme?
So far so good. When you’ve been out of university for a very long time, it can be a bit difficult trying to get back into the groove of things, especially when you have children, a house to take care of, etc. So it can be hard trying to find time to study. I think I’m getting there though – it’s been fun. I have met some really great people and made some good friends. I’m actually a class rep too so that means taking responsibility for ensuring my fellow students are receiving the right information at the right time such as reminding them of their due dates.
Have you been to university before?
Yes, I did my first degree at UEL where I studied Child Development. It was fun, but it’s a much different atmosphere here at Northumbria University London. For starters, it’s very culturally diverse here which is nice, like I have people from Nigeria, Kenya, China, India – places all over the world in my lectures.
What’s it like being at university again?
Well, in the beginning I was asking myself what I was doing here when I saw the workload, but now that I’ve got more into the programme and adapted, I’m looking forward to the future and progressing myself further. I am very happy being here – it was definitely the right move.
What do you think of studying in London?
It’s fun. Especially around here. You walk in one direction and you’ve got loads of restaurants around you – you really are spoiled for choice in terms of places to go.
What would you say to someone considering returning to education?
I’d say think about it. Just like when my daughter was going to university, I said to her to just look through different prospectuses and find out as much as you can. That’s all you can do really – think about what you want from the course and where you want to go from there.
If anyone is thinking about going back to university, I’d tell them to go do it because at the end of the day, nothing is stopping them. Age isn’t a barrier anymore; we live in a society where you can go back into your studies no matter the age. So, for that reason alone, I’d say go for it and make an attempt. Go to an open evening as they’re always very informative, and you will get to see all the students as well.
“The programme has not only given me knowledge and skills, but also the confidence I need to pursue my future plans.”