Sharmin Shimu, a recent graduate of:the MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care). She graduated in 2018.
What was your main motivation to undertake postgraduate study?
I came to study in the UK from Bangladesh with a student visa. Although it was challenging to leave home to come to an unknown country, my main motivation for postgraduate study was the desire to excel in my field.
What were the factors that influenced your decision making when considering postgraduate study?
A factor that influenced my decision is the available opportunities at the university. I remember at the time of admission I came across many universities that did not take January admissions on the course I wanted to undertake.
Why did you choose to study this course at City, University of London?
I Chose City, University of London firstly because of the course that they offered. My interest at the time of admission was to specialise in child and adolescent mental health. Secondly, I chose City because of the location. I wanted to be in London as all of the other academic activities that I wanted to do took place in London (such as PLAB coaching).
What has been your student experience at City so far?
I loved every minute of it. The staff at City are very supportive.
How has studying this course helped you to develop personally and professionally?
I have taken the course MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. As a doctor I came across many children with mental health issues. This course taught me to be aware of the circumstances and take necessary actions.
What skills and knowledge do you think the course has helped you develop?
One of the skills that the course helped me develop is communication skills, which includes not only communicating with the staff but also children.
What opportunities and experiences has City offered you during your course?
There were many opportunities for self growth offered by City, including apprenticeship opportunities, research opportunities. Also, after the course, there were job opportunities.
What are your career plans now you’ve completed your postgraduate degree?
Currently I am working as a Junior Doctor in Cardiothoracic surgery in London.
How do you think City has prepared you for the next stage in your career journey?
City has prepared me by giving me sufficient information regarding child and adolescent mental health. Mental health is very important and I see it being neglected in many circumstances by health professionals. I have learned the outcome of neglecting mental health and I work towards implementing awareness for mental health.
What advice would you give to people thinking about postgraduate study?
I would advise them to undertake the post graduation programme at City, University of London. They provide a wonderful platform for growth and development.
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