I reached a stage in my life where I sought a career change. I had the opportunity to take up full-time study in order to pursue this goal because I was fortunate to have the finances and the time. My children were small, and I wanted to find a balance between rearing my children at home and developing new skills to enable me to re-enter the labour market within the following two to three years with up to date, employable skills.

I had worked for ten years as a Financial Adviser, prior to that had qualified as a Secondary School French Teacher. More recently and since having children, I qualified as an Early Years Montessori Teacher. I enjoy learning and was excited at the thought of a complete change into a healthcare role. Radiography appealed to me as an interesting mix of sciences, diagnostics and working with people face to face to deliver a high quality healthcare service.

 

"After completing my MSc I secured work as a radiographer. I am enjoying my new career and the contribution I make to diagnostic services and the patient journey. The QMU experience enabled me to change career, to develop new skills and adapt existing ones to a new profession."
Louise Blinstone

I chose QMU as it had an accredited course offering open to students without necessarily a background in health sciences, the duration of the course fit my timescale and it was close to home. The course was challenging and varied with focus on many areas such as physics, anatomy, patient-care, academic research, self-reflection as well as practical placements in hospitals. I enjoyed the evidence-based research dissertation experience in which I studied an area of patient communication in the radiology setting. The QMU lecturers were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and keen to support students through all aspects of the course.

After completing my MSc I secured work as a radiographer. I am enjoying my new career and the contribution I make to diagnostic services and the patient journey. The QMU experience enabled me to change career, to develop new skills and adapt existing ones to a new profession. My learning has not stopped since leaving QMU as I learn continuously on the job and also through professional development endeavours although I have no immediate plans for further formal studies. I would recommend others to consider radiography as a career choice and QMU as the educational institution through which to achieve a valuable training and qualification in this growing and rapidly developing profession.

Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

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