More about John
“I graduated with my first degree in psychology a long time ago, then worked for many years in public relations. Near the end of my PR career, I was managing high-profile public awareness campaigns for Transport for London and various government departments. However, I felt like I needed a change and eventually took a position as a teaching assistant in a primary school. I absolutely loved working with children so made the decision to retrain as a speech and language therapist or child psychologist. The problem was that every professional training course required evidence of study in the last few years. I therefore made the decision to return to university at Masters level and refresh my academic skills before continuing on to professional training.
“I chose to study the MSc Applied Child Psychology as it fitted my career aspirations perfectly. Not only is it one of the few postgraduate child psychology courses in the UK, it has a particular focus on research, critical thinking and analysis, all of which suits me perfectly. As someone who has been away from education for some time, it was great that subjects like research skills, observation methods and statistics were all covered in the first term, which prepared me for my own research project later in the course. Now that I’m on the course, it’s great to be taught by lecturers and tutors who are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subjects.
“I’m delighted that I’ve been able to return to studying successfully after so many years working away from psychology in other professions. Fortunately, NTU made the transition easy, with lots of support with research skills, essay writing and referencing. I’m very glad I made the effort though – studying at NTU has truly broadened my horizons and presented me with options for my future career that simply weren’t available before.
“I had already been accepted onto the course when I received an email about the competitive Masters scholarship. The scholarship was worth half the course tuition fee, so it was an easy decision to apply for it! It was a relatively simple process to apply – I just had to write a statement explaining what experience I could bring to the course, what I had achieved previously and why I am passionate about using the skills I’ll develop during my degree to work with children. Obviously, I was delighted to hear that I had been awarded the scholarship. It made a big difference in relieving some of the financial pressure associated with full-time study.
“My advice to students would be to get involved in university life as much as possible. Not just the nights out and social events, but the sports clubs, societies and whatever is going on in your own department. During my time at NTU, I became a student representative for my course, volunteered at the psychology department’s family open day and trained with NTU’s Thai Boxing club, which has a former world champion as its coach, no less! Just say ‘yes’ more. It’s a great way to meet people from all walks of life and make connections that may benefit you later in your career.”