More about Paige
What made you decide to undertake postgraduate study at NTU?
"After studying my undergraduate Psychology degree at NTU I loved the environment and staff. I found a topic that I enjoyed and wanted to know more. I knew that if I wanted to continue going in the direction of research I would have to do a masters."
What route did you take into your postgraduate study?
"I went straight from my undergraduate degree into my masters, I worked over the summer."
What did you know about NTU before you came here?
"I knew a lot about NTU before coming here from doing my undergraduate degree. I had used the Taylor building before and was aware of all the technologies the Department of Psychology had. I also knew that NTU had an excellent Psychology department and had won University of the Year in 2017 and Modern University of the Year in 2018."
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
"The biggest thing for me, apart from being in Nottingham, was how the course was assessed. I’m personally terrible at exams so being assessed predominantly through coursework really appealed to me. Additionally the option of doing the course part-time. Id heard from people doing the course that there was an option to go down to part-time, although I applied to do it full-time, just having that option to cut down my hours was comforting especially starting a new job."
When choosing a course for postgraduate study, what did you consider it important to have?
"For my course it was important to cover many different methods and allow me to learn different software to expand my knowledge. The location was also a factor and a scholarship / alumni discount helped me choose this so I could be better off financially."
Is there anything that stood out on your course that wasn’t offered anywhere else you applied?
"There aren’t many courses specific to research methods."
What were the key facilities that attracted you to the University?
"Having studied here before I was pretty aware of the facilities NTU had to offer. However the Taylor building was a major reason I chose this course, having access to technologies such as EEG, Eye tracking and TMS, all of which I could potentially use for my research project. The 24-hour library access was also important as I can be a bit of a night owl and having that ability to work late or come to uni after my job put me at ease."
If you are working as well as studying, what does your job entail and how do you juggle both?
"I’m a waitress in the city centre. I work about 25-30 hours a week. Juggling both has been really challenging especially when the bulk of deadlines come in at the end of a term but setting individual deadlines for myself to complete a bit of work each week really helps. In the week I am able to work nights which allows me to attend lectures and complete work in the day."
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?
"Being an Academic Representative for my course is something I am proud of. Having put the effort in to collect feedback, create reports, attend meetings and to see it make a difference is amazing. A big achievement for me is seeing my research project come to life, after researching and planning with my supervisor to see it take shape is really motivating."
Have your career plans changed as a result of your postgraduate study?
"I came into this degree wanting to go into research, that hasn’t changed I just have more experience and motivation to get there now!"
What are your plans for the future?
"My plan is to look for a research assistant job while in the background I narrow down a topic for a PhD. After I’m financially stable, I would like to continue my studies to complete a PhD."
"For people considering this course, just go for it. It will be the most challenging year academically of your life but it will be the best. You will have a great cohort of staff around you to support and guide you. Even thought this is a research based course it can open so many doors to other career paths with the transferable skills you learn throughout it."