In 2004 began studies with the OU. In 2005 upon completion of 2nd unit took some time out from OU while I did a Foundation Degree paid for by my employer, came back to the OU last year. Due to graduate with a BSc in May 2011 with a degree made up of 2 social science courses, 2 philosophy courses and credit points transferred from my FD (which was in Quantity Surveying). Decided last year that I'd quite like to do a Masters too and started snooping around the OU Postgrad prospectus. Decided earlier this year that I'd love to do a Doctorate too in order to get my "dream" job and started snooping around jobs.ac.uk at PhD scholarships.
Upon deciding I'd like to do a PhD I put my logical cap on and worked backwards from there to figure out what I would need to do in order to get there and asked a few Dr friends for their opinions. This is what I worked out:
- For my last OU unit I should do something relevant to my intended Masters.
- Since I'm doing all of my studying whilst still working a full time job, I won't be able to get much experience from my paid employment so I need to get it from somewhere else - voluntary work.
- When I enrol on a Masters degree I need to start thinking about research subjects for a PhD and so will utilise the wealth of knowledge within the OU to help me create that plan.