More about Joanne
What made you decide to undertake postgraduate study at NTU?
"I had been working in a marketing role at a university, which I enjoyed but didn’t feel excited about, and started to consider a career change to a role which would give me the chance to have a greater interaction with students. After speaking to a careers adviser at the university I worked at I decided to look into the types of courses available to retrain as a careers adviser myself, and I found the MA Career Development course."
"I liked the option at NTU as it included a professional qualification which incorporated a work placement. I thought that would be useful to help me gain some hands-on experience. The course was also really flexible, as it was offered as blended learning, so I was able to continue working while studying."
What route did you take into your postgraduate study?
"I graduated from my undergrad degree in 2002, and had done some professional marketing qualifications in the meantime, but I always wanted to take on the challenge of studying at Master’s level so when I decided to retrain opting for an MA allowed me to achieve both."
What did you hear / know about NTU before you came here?
"I studied at NTU as an undergraduate, although that was a while back. I wasn’t aware of the course being offered here until I looked into what was available, so I came to an open evening and met staff from the course and the Employability Team to find out more."
What were the key features that attracted you to your course
"The key features of the course for me were the work placement, and the opportunity to gain a professional qualification (the Qualification in Career Development) alongside the MA. I also like the fact that the course is offered as blended learning, as this means I can manage my own time and activities and fit this around my work. There are challenges to learning this way, and you have to keep up motivation levels and be quite organised but on the whole it has been best for me."
When choosing a course for postgraduate study, what did you consider it important to have?
"The work-based learning was key as I was aiming for a career change and therefore wanted to get some hands-on work experience."
What were the key facilities that attracted you to the University?
"As I am not in the university on a regular basis for lectures/seminars, the key facilities for me have been the online facilities such as the library and NOW. When attending the university for my study days I have been impressed with facilities like the media room, where we did some video recorded interviews."
How have you found the Library?
"The library is excellent- there’s a particular feature whereby if you cannot find a book/article you can put in a request for library staff to find this for you- this has been useful on a couple of occasions. The staff are always really helpful too."
Do you use NOW? If Yes, in what way and how do you find it useful?
"I use NOW daily as this is where I find all the content and activities for my course. At first glance it is quite complicated but you soon get used to where everything is- the resources list is really helpful, and we’ve also used discussion boards seeing as we don’t meet in person that often."
If you are working as well as studying, what does your job entail and how do you juggle both?
"I currently work as an Employability Adviser for NTU at the Clifton Campus so my job has given me lots of opportunities to put theory into practice, and use my work to contribute to assessment requirements, for instance delivering employability workshops, and guidance interactions. Juggling both has been tricky at times, especially when deadlines come along but the blended nature of the course means that I can access activities in the evenings and weekends."
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?
"I have been really proud of the success I have had so far in the modules already completed, and am really excited about the research project which I have just started."
How have you found the postgraduate community in Nottingham? Is it what you expected?
"The group on my course has been great. There aren’t many of us on the course, but this has been good as we’ve really gotten to know each other, and we’ve been there to help and support each other."