Degree(s) and University: Currently completing BSc (Hons)
Professional Practice: Children”s Nursing at London South Bank University (LSBU)
DID YOU COME INTO POSTGRAD STUDY STRAIGHT FROM BEING AN UNDERGRADUATE? No, I became a nurse after completing my Dip HE Nursing studies (Children”s) at London South Bank University (LSBU) nine years ago. I then worked in the NHS and around the world for four years before returning to London, so there was a gap between my studies which allowed me to consolidate my training and gain experience – which was invaluable to my postgraduate studies.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CONTINUE YOUR STUDIES? As part of my appraisal my mentor suggested that I begin to undertake my BSc, both to further my own knowledge and my career, as more senior nursing positions require a minimum of a BSc, and most suggest working towards an MSc. Also as part of my nursing registration I must be able to demonstrate updating of skills and knowledge – and this suited all my needs.
HOW DID YOU FUND YOUR POSTGRAD STUDY? I have been lucky enough to be sponsored by the NHS trusts I was working in who paid my course fees and also allowed me some study leave. I could not have undertaken the studies financially and while holding down a full-time job otherwise.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDY? I have combined my study with my full-time nursing career this time round, whereas before I had set times in university and on nursing placements, so my work/life balance has suffered a bit. However, this hasn”t been as intensive as my Dip HE, as I online casino can take my time (I”ve spread my BSc over 5 years). Also, it”s been more interesting as my BSc has been my choice to undertake, and I have chosen its contents – so I”ve chosen topics that were of interest and relevance to my area of practice.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR POSTGRAD STUDY WILL HELP YOUR CAREER? I hope to progress further up the career ladder, but even if I change direction completely, I will still have my BSc to fall back on, and develop if necessary.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STUDENTS CONSIDERING POSTGRAD STUDY? Make sure you really want to do it – it requires commitment of time and energy – if you are not that interested you”re wasting your own time and money. Also, make sure it is the right time for you – planning weddings, births and other commitments puts real strain on your time and commitment, and could spoil the end results.