Ezinwanne OnwubikoPostgrad Diploma
Ezinwanne is studying the PGDip in Child Nursing. She chose City for its reputation in nursing and its central London location.
Your motivations, drivers and challenges
What was your main motivation to undertake postgraduate study?
I wanted to pursue a career in nursing and as I already had previous experience, the postgraduate course at City was a suitable option for me.
What were the factors that influenced your decision making when considering postgraduate study?
Interest and skills transferability were factors. I had previously worked in the healthcare sector so I knew I could transfer my experience into the course. Employability was also a key factor for me, the end goal is to have a career that I know I can progress in.
What were, if any, the main challenges that affected your decision about postgraduate study? How did you overcome them?
Prior to taking on postgraduate study the main challenge was whether I would be able to achieve an adequate work-life balance. We were informed that it would be intense and as I had been out of higher education for a while, I was concerned. However, I feel I have been able to manage this as best as I can by prioritising and having a good support system outside of the university. Its important that we have rest and people who can support us emotionally. Those factors can either have a positive or negative affect on your mental health.
Why did you choose City? What made you decide City was the right university for you?
City has an excellent reputation for nursing so this definitely influenced my decision. The location is also central and easy to access.
Your student experience
What has been your student experience at City so far?
I love the diversity! It reflects the cultural melting pot that is London. There is something for everyone be it sport, society or getting involved in leadership initiatives. I like that City is constantly committed to quality assurance through feedback to see where improvements can be made.
In terms of academics, the access to lecture notes, initiatives such as lecture capture and library resources are really helpful. In nursing particularly, engaging in simulated practice in which we are prepared in a ward-like environment before placement has been beneficial.
How has studying a postgraduate degree helped you develop personally and professionally?
I have been able to develop my critical thinking skills through studying a postgraduate degree. Being able to assess information that you are given and understanding the rationale, not just the “what” and “how” is essential in my profession and is also useful in everyday life. My public speaking skills have greatly improved through participation in tutorials, lectures and presentations. It reflects life on the professional scene as we are constantly communicating with patients, families and colleagues and doing so in an effective manner that enables your message to be understood is imperative.
What skills and knowledge do you think the course has helped you develop?
Apart from the nursing theory knowledge and practical experience we gain through lectures, tutorials and placements, I have developed better time management, self-awareness and resilience. I think these skills are really important considering the course is extremely fast paced.
What opportunities and experiences has City offered you during your course?
The opportunity to claim Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) hours which takes into consideration your previous experience and shortens the amount of placement hours you are required to complete in order to qualify. Semester abroad opportunity, contributing to research and engaging in leadership roles.
What advice would you give to people thinking about postgraduate study?
Consider what postgraduate study will add to your personal and professional life. Research the financial options available to you.
What are your career plans once you have completed your postgraduate degree?
To start working as a registered nurse.
How do you think City has equipped you for the next stage in your career journey?
City has equipped me so far with the relevant knowledge and practical skills required in my future practice as a registered nurse. I’ve always been encouraged to think critically which is important for any career and to aim at making positive differences in my chosen field.