Degree and University: 2.1 in Psychology and postgrad MSc Occupational Therapy at University of Cumbria.
Why did you decide to do postgrad study? Having completed a degree in psychology with counselling skills, I was unsure of which career route would suit me best. Although I enjoyed my degree I knew I didn’t want to study psychology at postgraduate level, and so I took a full-time job with my local authority while I made up my mind what to do next. I soon realised I wanted to follow a course that would give me a professional qualification and an interesting career, while still making use of the knowledge I had assimilated both during my first degree and in my job.
How did you decide on this particular course? Before making my decision, I spoke to friends already undertaking occupational therapy courses, researched into available courses, and spent time shadowing an occupational therapist throughout her working day. The final deciding factor for choosing the MSc at Cumbria was that I could live at home and travel in daily.
What do you most like about the course? So far the course has exceeded all my expectations. The tutors here are extremely helpful, approachable and great fun! There are fifteen of us on the course and that means you are recognised as an individual rather than simply one of a crowd. As it’s a masters course, everyone is from different educational backgrounds leading to great discussions on far-ranging topics. The course itself is constructed in a way to keep you interested and involved, and practical lessons ensure you’re more than ready for your placement.
What do you want to do when you complete the MSc? Eventually I’d like a career in occupational therapy that is challenging and varied – I’m not sure which specific field at the moment, but after completing my course I believe I’ll have a clearer idea of where my interests lie.
What would you say to other graduates contemplating doing postgrad study? One ironic thing is when I graduated in 2007 I promised myself I would never write another essay or sit another exam – and here I am, just over a year later, doing exactly that! Yes, it’s hard work, what with my studies and also working in a bar to help cover my living costs, food, petrol and books (but more importantly shoes and clothes), but I’m really enjoying my course. I know I’ve chosen the right one at the right university, and once I’ve qualified, the world as they say, will be my oyster!