By Ruth, BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance and MSc Accounting and Finance alum.
Our alum, Ruth, tells us her reasons behind studying her master’s degree and why she decided to stay at UWE Bristol to continue her studies. She shares how progressing to postgraduate study helped her to gain confidence when job hunting and how her master’s has supported her career so far. Keep reading to find out more about Ruth’s story.
Hi, I’m Ruth. I completed my undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance at UWE Bristol, where I later returned to study a postgraduate degree in Accounting and Finance too.
How I decided postgraduate study was right for me
I believe it’s so important to stay in education and reach the greatest academic level you can. It can be really intimidating heading into the working world, and having a master’s gives you that extra bit of confidence you need.
I’d always known I wanted to do a master’s. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I decided to start working in the field for a while. This experience helped me to find my best fit and showed me finance was the right career path for me.
“I wanted to find a role where I could progress and reach my full potential. The best way to get there was to return to education to build on my undergraduate knowledge to progress my career in finance.”
Why I chose to continue my studies at UWE Bristol
It was a complete no-brainer to go back to UWE Bristol for my postgraduate studies. I’d built great relationships with my tutors during my undergraduate course. As I’d need to work alongside my studies, I knew my tutors would accommodate my situation, as they had done during my first degree.
The tutors genuinely wanted the best for us, and they were completely understanding of my circumstances. My tutors and lecturers offered extra support and would check in on me in a way that showed they genuinely cared. They didn’t only care about our success on the course, but our general wellbeing and future careers too.
Another benefit was the 15% alumni discount, which allowed me to balance my work and my studies. This financial support meant I only needed to work part-time for most of my course. The Business School is accessible 24 hours a day too, so I could go in whenever I could to study flexibly around my work.
How UWE Bristol has supported my career
Completing my postgraduate degree at UWE Bristol didn’t just give me the technical knowledge I’d need for my career. It also helped me to re-learn how to learn, by getting my head back into studying. I’m now studying for professional qualifications around my work, which has become second nature to me thanks to my master’s.
The classes were much smaller for postgraduate study, which helped me to come out of my shell and build confidence in sharing ideas and bouncing off others. This changed the way I looked at finding jobs afterwards too. Job hunting wasn’t only about me wanting to find work, but it was also about companies having the chance to recruit me too.
“I had so much more confidence after postgraduate study, and I found the pay I was offered was substantially more than before gaining my master’s degree.”
I’m so pleased I did my master’s degree at UWE Bristol. I now work for a great company, which is helping me progress my career by supporting me to become a qualified paraplanner. Paraplanners work with financial planners, completing research and helping make financial recommendations for clients.
The knowledge I gained has given me all that I need to complete my professional qualifications. I’ve also learned how to manage my time efficiently, develop logical exam technique and balance my working life alongside my studies. I’m looking forward to progressing my career in the future, with a huge thanks to UWE Bristol for making this possible.
Find out more about postgraduate study at UWE Bristol.