Hannah Butler – King's College London
36-year-old Hannah from London spent several years working in the charity sector and is now pursuing a postgraduate Nursing course at King's College London. We had a chat with the girl who keeps giving and asked her about her current degree:
Where are you from? Tell us a bit about your background, what brought you to where you are today?
I took my first degree at the University of East Anglia, and then I moved back to London to do a master's in Medical Ethics at Imperial College. I worked in the charity sector for 15 years, in various advocacy, community engagement roles and latterly I worked at the charity Sense as Head of Volunteering, where my team ran volunteer-led services for deafblind people and their families, including holidays and short breaks.
What is your postgraduate course, and where are you studying?
PG Diploma in Nursing with Registration (child branch) at King's College London.
Why did you choose postgraduate study?
I wanted to qualify as a nurse and I wanted to study nursing at master's level. Plus it was a two year course, not three, which really appealed to me as a mature student. I didn’t want to be out of the employment market for too long.
How did you choose your postgraduate course?
I wanted to train at a university with an excellent reputation for nursing that would be intellectually challenging.
Why did you choose your university?
King’s was rated very highly for nursing training, and I knew from speaking to experienced qualified nurses that it had a good reputation with employers.
How did you apply?
How did you finance your course?
My course fees are DH funded and I receive a bursary. I saved money whilst I was working to supplement my first three months of the course and now I also do part time work.
What experience are you gaining during your postgraduate study and how will this help your future career plans?
I want to qualify as a nurse and combine my new skills with my experience working in social care and the charity sector.
What are your top tips for those considering postgraduate study?
Different universities can deliver very similar sounding courses in quite different ways e.g. some have more lectures others more seminars, group work or simulations. Look at the prospectus for information about how the course is delivered and make sure you choose a course that suits your learning style.