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MOVING ON UP With the increasing emphasis on qualifications in so many employment sectors, moving up the career ladder often calls for further study and that’s why so many people either take a career break to gain a postgraduate qualification or study part-time alongside employment. Here we meet two of the many LJMU Postgraduates who are moving on up the career ladder.

NURSING CAREER AMBITIONS Having taken the conventional nursing training route some 30 years ago, Catherine Gadd decided to study for her masters in Advanced Healthcare Practice (Clinical) following an inspiring conversation at work.

In terms of study highlights, it’s the staff that make the difference for Catherine: “With a really inspiring, credible team of lecturers, the teaching sessions go so quickly and you really do hang on your lecturer’s every word,” she says. “The standard of teaching has been consistently high. Staff speak so eloquently and convey the information in a manner which is really easy to take in. They are all very different but are so clinically credible, having a lot of experience and expertise.”

“I never intended taking a masters degree,” she explains. “I didn’t want to spend my time churning out paperwork, dissertations and theses that had no bearing on my daily life. However, a colleague told me about the Clinical Examination CPD module and I decided to give it a go.”

So would Catherine recommend postgraduate study at LJMU to others in her position? “Absolutely! For someone like myself with a practical background it is amazing. I have been taught systematic methods of doing things – methods that colleagues studying at other universities simply haven’t encountered,” she enthuses. “In essence my masters study has enabled me to think far more laterally about a world I thought I understood. I really can’t recommend it enough.”

Impressed by just how practical the module was, Catherine went on to complete a Diagnostics module. Northwest funding then became available and she was offered the opportunity to complete the full masters degree. Postgraduate study really wasn’t what Catherine was expecting: “It was so clinically focused and far more interesting,” she smiles. “Obviously you have to reach a set academic standard but the focus is on real, juicy, clinical knowledge that you can use in the workplace and that is just what I wanted.”

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Preparing for postgraduate study at LJMU