Catherine Bolsem

I would advise any Military personnel to give distance learning a go. You will be surprised what you can achieve when you have the right support and access to great resources.
 

Catherine is a Warrant Officer and Regional Manager London & South DPHC (Dental) for HM Armed Forces. Catherine chose a flexible online MSc to enhance her career prospects in the service and to smooth her path towards civilian life.

A Flexible and fulfilling MSc to transition or develop

I chose to study an MSc as I wanted to improve my knowledge of Healthcare Management and delivery in my current role. It is important to me to look at obtaining qualifications that will be well received when I leave the Army in the next few years and felt that this qualification will increase my employability. I hope that it will benefit my career making me more competitive against my peers for promotion and other roles in the future.

"I would highly recommend this course to anyone that is a manager in a healthcare, it has broadened my knowledge and changed my approach to problem solving."

Sharpen your business and leadership skills

The MSc has allowed me to think more strategically and improve my confidence with articulating deficiencies, risks and opportunities. I feel I have grown as a senior manager by using the management theories and models and applying them to my work. It has also enabled me to apply for other workplace initiatives.

My writing skills and critical thinking has improved, and it is something I apply far more now than I did previously. Having an opinion on a topic and sourcing material to support it is of huge benefit. Learning how to write academically using references and structure has given me more confidence and self-belief, especially with my writing skills and grammar as this was always an area that I felt was lacking.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone that is a manager in a healthcare, it has broadened my knowledge and changed my approach to problem solving. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone to learn new things and look at issues through a different lens.


Use your Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC)*

For any Military personnel I would highly recommend that you use your ELCAS. The process was simple and my IERO at the education centre was always happy to help me with any questions or issues in processing my ELCAS applications.

*We're an approved provider for the Ministry of Defence Learning Credit Scheme (ELCAS). You can use your ELCAS credits towards the course fees on our wide range of flexible distance learning courses. For more information please contact us.


Why ARU?

My tutors and the support staff have been fantastic. They are friendly, professional and have a great way of explaining how to do things so that I understand it.

I have had a very positive experience with ARU and would highly recommend them as an education provider to any of my friends and colleagues.


Tips for students

The online facilities are very good. It took time to get used to it, as it was so different to anything I had used before, but with the help of the staff I am far better at utilising it now.

Think about your commitments and find balance, it’s important not to over commit so you can focus on your studies.

Understanding what time of day is best to learn is also important as it helps you schedule your time so that you get the best out of your study time.



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