Nuriya Akhmetova BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Nuriya Akhmetova

I graduated in June 2012. The Health & Human Sciences course was both interesting and challenging to me. It was an important and fruitful experience and I had a great time studying, meeting new people, learning about a new culture and getting used to the new environment.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

I was the first student from Kazakhstan who went to study the Health & Human Sciences course (afterwards, many other students from my country also applied for this degree).

At the time I was looking for an appropriate degree for my future studies that focussed on humanities, social sciences and health studies. I realised, that knowledge in health care management and administration would be important for my intended career. The University of Sheffield was on my short list of the worldwide academic institutions I applied to that offered health care management modules.

What do you think of Sheffield?

I have travelled a lot and seen many cultures and places, but the time I spent in Sheffield is unforgettable. The city is surrounded by beautiful parks and lakes; it has vibrant city centre and nature. Students will also feel comfortable in terms of safety, I think.

What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?

Prospective students can choose (optional) modules that they want to study allowing them to create a course that is in line with their skills and preferences.

I’d recommend travelling, because such cites as York, Manchester and Liverpool are very close to get to by train and participating in students' union life.

What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?

Our student life was really enjoyable as soon as we had enough time to take the opportunity to travel and explore new cultures. Many events, organised by the university and student’s union, made our student's life even more interesting and amazing.

What are you doing now?

At the moment I am managing a company. Two months ago I had finished the implementation of two health care projects which were part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan. My experience of working in the UN system was really rewarding and productive. There is no doubt that my Health and Human Sciences degree from the University of Sheffield, played an important part in the process of candidate selection.

Do you think your degree helped/is helping further your career?

My career started at a hospital, where I was involved in administrative work and right now I am a managing small business enterprise. At the moment I want to continue my education.

My academic experience at the University of Sheffield was vital in terms of the following: I gained deep knowledge in the field of health, administrative skills, management and organization of the enterprise, which I apply in my work practice.

My educational background helped me to grow professionally and build my small career success, which will continue to improve.

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