Graduated with an online International Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons)

Image: Online International Hospitality Business Management BA Wendy MastersonWhich course did you study?

BA Honours in International Hospitality Business Management

Why did you choose this course?

I wanted to be able to place the theory behind the practices I was already undertaking in my job as a project co-ordinator for a charity, Fermanagh Information Needs and Development. I already had a Foundation Degree in Events Management and decided to further my education with UDOL as I found the modules interesting and was enjoying the challenge.

What attracted you to online learning?

As a working mum of two young children, online learning really suited my personal life. It enabled me to fit the studies around my work and home life, without the need to sit in a classroom.

Why did you choose the University of Derby Online Learning?

The University of Derby Online learning allowed me to reach my full potential by providing me with a scheduled study program to suit my lifestyle.

What were your goals and aspirations when starting your course? Have they changed during study?

To begin with, my goal was to prove I was able to achieve a degree. Whilst I was studying, my goals and aspirations changed to completing the degree within a specific period of time, achieving my personal best and relaying what I had learned into my work practices.

How did you balance your study around professional/personal commitments?

Balancing my studies around my personal commitments was possibly the hardest part of the course. When I was studying I would feel guilty and think other areas in my life were suffering but I had to console myself with reminders this was only for a short while and I was determined to achieve my qualification. As an online student you certainly learn you can survive on less sleep!

How would you describe your online learning experience at Derby? What did you find particularly beneficial?

The correspondence and communication I had with tutors was extremely beneficial. The opportunity to participate in online classrooms, submit draft assignments and gain valuable feedback allowed me to reach my full potential.

What was your most memorable moment during your time at Derby?

Opening a package to learn I was the highest undergraduate online learner achiever of 2015 - 2016 will be the most memorable moment of my time with Derby. Not only was this a shock to me, it was also the most stunned my family has ever seen me.

How has your qualification helped your career? Has the knowledge you have acquired, complimented previous work experience in any way?

Gaining a first class degree opened up pathways to consultancy work in worldwide locations in project management, especially in Africa where I have been living since September 2015. They value those who have a UK degree. The knowledge gained throughout my studies means that I can now consult on a wide variety of projects in various worldwide locations.

Can you describe your experience with just one word?

Inspiring

What would you say to anyone considering an online course at Derby?

Try it, I did on a new year’s whim, look at what you could achieve and where it could take you.