Image: Claudia Gregorczyk, International Hospitality Business Management BA Top-UpA flexibile degree that fits around a demanding career

After spending 15 years working in hospitality Claudia Gregorczyk, 34, a Conventions Sales Manager from Germany, decided to enhance her knowledge of the industry she works in by studying for a BA (Hons) Hospitality Management degree.

Due to the demanding nature of her job, which often requires her to work long hours and different shifts, Claudia realised that going down the traditional route of studying on campus wouldn’t be an option.

After looking into the alternatives Claudia discovered she could complete a degree through online study, and decided to undertake the course offered by the University of Derby Online Learning.

Claudia said: “Studying online really appealed to me as it provided the flexibility I needed to fit my studies around my job – something that wouldn’t have been possible if I had to attend lectures at set times. I was also in the process of moving from London to Austria and the online route meant that I didn’t have to change university which was also extremely convenient.”

Claudia started her three year degree in September 2010 and is enjoying her experience so far. She adds: “The course is really interesting and I like that I can apply the experience I have to my assignments and at the same time what I’m learning through study directly to my job.

Virtual interaction from anywhere in the world

“It doesn’t matter that I live in a different country to my tutors; I’ve always received plenty of support from them and they always respond very quickly to any questions I may have. There are also online discussion boards for students to use which I find beneficial as although you don’t get to meet people face to face, it’s nice to be able to interact with them virtually, sharing knowledge and experiences.

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying online with Derby?

“I’d definitely recommend an online degree to those looking to develop their knowledge and skills but who need the flexibility to fit study around existing commitments.”