Hometown:  Vancouver, Canada (now living in Fife)  

 

About You

Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be involved in a caring profession. My parents were healthcare employees and it was quite natural that I would follow suit. 

I researched the opportunities available and being attracted by the philosophy of empowerment, occupational therapy became the platform.   This led to the completion of my BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy which was awarded by Lancaster University.

After graduating I worked as a therapist in Vancouver, Canada, for some years. This was followed by moved to join my husband in Scotland, six years ago.  In Scotland, we live in beautiful Fife.  During these years, I have worked as an occupational therapist with NHS Fife on a part-time basis.  Whilst raising our two children too - an eight year old son and 5 year old daughter.

Two years ago, I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling skills from Edinburgh University and began to think of prospects of undertaking a master’s in Occupational therapy.  

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I have been interested in further education for a few years now. However with family life and work taking precedence it wasn’t possible until last year.  Over these years, I had met a number of occupational therapy placement students and become away of the QMU campus and the programmes it offered.  Additionally, senior colleagues, who had graduated from QMU, had referred to it as a good university for higher education.  Personally I too had been at the QMU campus as part of work training programme that run evening course, so was aware of the campus.  This gave me an opportunity to visit the facility and research future possibilities.   

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

Having been at the campus, I enjoyed the drive into the university and being nestled in beautiful scenery is wonderful. It is a convenient drive on most days from my home in Fife and has access to rail travel too.  The campus is spacious and well lit.  It has beautiful surroundings and the lively and friendly atmosphere is an attractive feature.  The location, course and duration of the programme are well designed for mature adults like me, who require a greater degree of flexibility.  Opportunities to use remote viewing have made it possible for me to carry out my modules whist having time to care for my young children too. 

"The MSc programme is a challenging yet rewarding experience. It provides opportunities to study concepts in depth, which in turn stimulate the development of critical thinking, reasoning and research skills. Consolidation of learning and transferring this new learning into work context are priorities for practice."
Janet Gawander

The Course

What did you hope the course would give you? Career change/progression? Continuing personal development?

One of the main reasons of undertaking a masters programme is my strong belief in life long learning. Being able to study ideas and concepts in greater depth would be useful in supporting innovative practice. Clinical reasoning, reflection on practice and evidence based practice can better support Excellence in Health Care given the future changes anticipated.   

How did you find the work load? Could you comment on the support available to you?

The workload did feel challenging at the beginning of the programme, given the need for organising a new routine of academic and social habits. However in semester two, although the workload remains intense, the module is well spaced and doable. Additionally there is good tutor and programme leader support.  There are a number of access points provided in the programme that enable access to faculty.  Encouragement and support from module leaders is excellent.  Additionally the small cohort size of students, make it ideal for good discussion and further support.

Are you working during the course?

No, However I am on a Bank OT list and can take on shifts if needed.

How do you think your QMU degree has equipped you with the skills/knowledge to development your career?

The MSc programme is a challenging yet rewarding experience. It provides opportunities to study concepts in depth, which in turn stimulate the development of critical thinking, reasoning and research skills.  Consolidation of learning and transferring this new learning into work context are priorities for practice.      

What top tips would you give prospective PG students based on your own personal experience?

To be organised, have a plan of action and be flexible to sudden changes. The faculty, Library resources and Learning methodology staff are excellent in providing support.

Life after graduation

What are your future plans in terms of career/ charity work/ further study do you have once you have completed the course?

I look forward to taking a vacation with my family, followed with returning to work and applying the new learnt skills. 

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