I chose to study a MA in Education Studies to further consolidate and enhance my knowledge of pedagogical theory and research, after teaching in further education for several years. The course has allowed me explore and extend my critical thinking, analytical skills and research skills, which in turn has deepened my pedagogy.
Not only has the course influenced and enhanced my teaching practice, it has opened up my career pathway allowing me to make the transition from further education into higher education. Being an allied healthcare professional (qualified Occupational Therapist), there are very few opportunities for teaching within higher education, other than in your own professional field. My MA has been paramount in assisting me to achieve a unique lecturing role outside of my own professional field.
The course has not only been essential for transitioning across educational fields, it has enabled my career progression within higher education too, such as, giving me the possibility to progress onto higher level study.
Since completing her MA in Education studies Alicia Smith has taken up a new role as a Lecturer in Health Apprenticeships at the University of Suffolk.