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Why did I choose the University of Sussex? I think because they offered a programme that was number one, part-time, and number two, online. And it was just easy to balance with my job and other commitments I have.
The faculty have been extremely accommodating given the way the course is structured on a very flexible basis. People are not necessarily flowing from one module automatically to the next.
What I’ve really felt on this online course is that the learning materials are such a high quality. They prepare, kind of, really consumable content for us on what we should be learning.
The course is flexible in the way it allows you to study. So, I have control of when I can do certain things. If, for example, at work I have lots of deadlines coming up, I could block out a module and then re-join it in the next module.
A couple of the anxieties I had before I started the course was – how does it all work? But it was all very simple. Within the first week, you go on there, it’s all very easy to use and navigate. Any questions I have had, I was able to ask the Student Success team and they get back to you very promptly.
The flexibility of having an app, having a website, having all the materials you need, just makes life a lot easier.
Different methods of learning definitely helped. I found that podcasts for me were really helpful to get the information in.
I found it great if I’m watching videos and lectures to be able to fast forward them, pause them, rewind them.
The reading list has actually been something that I’ve really enjoyed because I was a bit, kind of, worried about not having access to the library, but the reading list has been carefully, like, selected and it’s so easy to get onto the books and also for me it’s been great because you can download them as PDFs.
So, people connected really well. We did lots of sharing online and actually, we feel really connected so there’s lots of people that I met on the course that I’ll now stay in touch with.
I think it’s really great that the cohort is international for the online course. So I’ve made amazing professional connections with people working in Canada, Asia, all over Europe, as well as all over the UK.
I’d like to end up working in the field. I’m going to take my time now I’ve finished the course and again make sure I end up somewhere I really want to. I think the most important thing for me would be somewhere I feel like I’m actually making a difference for the future.