Tram Bui BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences
When did you graduate?
Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?
I’m originally from Manchester and chose The University of Sheffield because of the great reputation it holds and because of its number 1 student union! My brother is also an alumni from the UoS. Whenever I missed home, it was easy to go back! Sheffield was the ideal location with a number of great cities around it.
What do you think of Sheffield?
Sheffield is a fantastic city and there is just so much to see and do! The best thing about Sheffield is that everything is so close and there is something for everyone. The locals are very friendly and inviting! After spending 8 years in the Sheffield, I can truly say that it was a home away from home.
What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?
You’re allowed to change your mind and not knowing what you want to do is completely acceptable! I changed my mind a number of times throughout my 3 years and even when I graduated, I still didn’t know. Keep your mind open as you have a fantastic opportunity and a great support network available so please make the most of this. Your lecturers are there to help you through your degree and want to see you pass as much as you want to pass. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if you don’t think you need it! If Healthcare is the field you want a career in, I would recommend staying up to date with health related news. I was a student when the Health and Social Care Bill received Royal Assent and the NHS has moved on so much since then!
What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?
For me, the most enjoyable part was actually my dissertation. It gave me the freedom to focus on a topic that I was really passionate about and that reflected extremely well in my dissertation grade! It was also the most rewarding part of the course because of how much time and effort I put into writing it. My personal tutor, Professor Penny Curtis, was very supportive and made sure I met with her periodically so she could feedback to me. I can’t thank her enough for the support she gave me.
What are you doing now?
I am now a Senior Project Manager working for The Dudley Group Foundation Trust. I started my career as a Clerical Officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals but 4 years later I have my PRINCE 2 accreditation and work with the Trust mainly on Cost Improvement Programmes.
Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?
My degree was the foundation on which I have built my entire career! Even when I didn’t know what I wanted to do/be, I found my first job in the NHS through doing my placement and networking. From there I used some of the skills and knowledge I had gained from my degree to work my way up and have been able to make a difference.
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