Albert Attom BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences
When did you graduate?
What do you think of Sheffield?
I think that Sheffield is an amazing city!! As someone who has lived in London for the majority of my life, it was a stark contrast to come and live in Sheffield on a permanent basis. One of the first things I noticed was how nice the majority of people were, and how willing they were to help you out and even talk to you on the bus, which was totally new to me.
Sheffield for me is a small place but it has just about everything a student could need, and it is also strategically located between a few very nice cities such as York, Nottingham and Manchester. I regularly drive to other cities for events and to visit friends, and it’s very convenient that they are all relatively close.
What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?
First I would say that you should enjoy yourself whilst at university and on this degree, and try and make lots of friends. Also I would say don’t miss my “Fresher’s Week Talk” that I run for new Health and Human Sciences students in which I give them an overview of the whole degree from a student’s perspective. The first year I did it was 2015, and I have had some really good responses from students who a few months later said that it really helped them to get use to not only the course, but university life in general. I have also had students come and tell me that getting a student’s perspective on things actually influenced their subsequent decision-making, which for me is an excellent outcome.
What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?
The placement module in the third year was by far the most enjoyable part of the course for me. Not only do you get an opportunity to work in a field that you are interested in, but it also gives you something that you can put on your CV. The placement enabled me to gain a specific focus as to what it was I really wanted to do, but also how I wanted to go about doing it. I was also exposed to the practicalities of working within my specific field and gained a better appreciation for the gap that exists between theory and practice. This newly formed appreciation subsequently informed what topic I chose to do my dissertation on.
What are you doing now?
I am currently doing a PhD in the area of organisational management in the Institute of Work Psychology at the Sheffield University Management School. My research concerns itself with organisational structures within the healthcare context, and how they can be utilised to improve patient care, standards and outcomes. I have also started a new research group within the Management School called the Work, Employment, People and Organisations Postgraduate Research Group (WoRKing group). This groups aims to bridge the gap between research and practice for PhD students by better incorporating the perspectives of practitioners in our future research initiatives. We have recently received founding for the group’s activities which I believe further substantiate the importance of this group. On reflection, you can trace the inspiration for me creating this group back to my time on placement during this degree.
Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?
Yes I do, and this has been two-fold. First I think it has given me a very broad grounding in different methodologies and how they can be best used in practice. This degree also gave me a broad enough scope to enable me to find a specific focus in relation to what I want to do as a career. I now know what I want to do, why I want to do it and how I can best go about achieving this within the confines of my own skillset. I strongly believe that very few degrees would enable you to do this!!!
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