This masters has surpassed my expectations and I know that it's just the beginning for my career.
More about Jano Ramos
What made you decide to undertake postgraduate study at NTU?
"One of my lines of research is behavioural addictions and I have worked with world leading researchers at NTU but at some point, I realised that I was behind in relation to my research skills and that I need to develop them in order to continue my career in a more effective way."
What route did you take into postgraduate study?
"After receiving my bachelors degree, I worked as a Researcher for a year, then decided to look for masters degree but I did not find what I was looking for in terms for course specificity and quality. So, I decided to look for a Chevening scholarship and after a long selection process, I was successful!"
What did you hear / know about NTU before you came here?
"I knew that NTU had a strong line of research and that was confirmed by leading researchers in my area of interest, so I thought that it would be a good place to learn and develop my skills."
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
"I was attracted by course content as they teach you skills that are needed for research projects, such as quantitative and qualitative methods."
When choosing a course for postgraduate study, what did you consider it important to have?
"In my case, I think it was important to have some previous experience, as this allowed me to contextualise my professional objectives, identify my strengths and correct the mistakes I've made in the past."
Is there anything that stood out on your course that wasn’t offered anywhere else you applied?
"The 'Psychometric One' module caught my attention, as you're taught through practice and with step-by-step guidance on how to create a psychological test with international standards. Also, the 'Psychometrics Two" module complemented this, as you learn how to use psychological test in different settings and the ethical issues involved in it."
How have you found the Library / Student Support / Students’ Union?
"As an international student with a different educational background, it took a few weeks to adapt to the UK system, however, I had different types of support from teachers, library staff, a counsellor and even an English teacher. All of them helped me with the transition.
"The Students' Union was cool and nice, sometimes I went with my classmates to have a drink or eat. Also, I found some really interesting societies and activities they run based on what you like. It is a good way to meet people, have fun and network."
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?
"I was working on a research project about bullying and with the support of researcher, Lucy Betts, the results will be presented in the world anti-bullying forum in Ireland with the plan to publish it in a journal paper after. Also, I’m working with my advisor, Mark Griffiths on different projects in relation to behavioural addictions and we are looking to do the same."
Have your career plans changed as a result of your postgraduate study?
"I thought before doing this masters that I will be working in the research area for the university where I worked, but I realise now that if applied what I have learnt here and get more experience I can do also some consultancy work and help students who are interested in research in my country."
What are your plans for the future?
"I would like to apply what I have learnt here, get more experience, open a consultancy and build a Latin-American network of researchers in behavioural addictions."
"This course teaches you the foundations for being a good researcher and gives you the foundations to become more specialised in your interest area. In all these processes, there are different kinds of support available to help you with your future career. All the experience is worth it, at a professional, social and personal level. This masters has surpassed my expectations and I know that it's just the beginning for my career."