Emma Crickson

Human Resource Management MSc

Why did you choose master’s study?

I’d been thinking of continuing to a Masters for a few years after I completed my professional qualification in Human Resources. I'm OD Business Manager - Performance at Helena Partnerships, a housing association based in St Helens. The company encourages on-going learning and funds study where this will support in your current role and career development. I wanted to continue to PG study, as I knew it would give me a different perspective on current human resources related issues and also allow me to bring new skills back into the workplace.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Liverpool?

As I work as well as study, I was looking for a local university with a part-time course, which would fit in with my other commitments as well as offering a quality course. Liverpool University met all of my requirements.

What are your career aims and how do you anticipate your MSc will help you achieve them?

I was promoted to my current role a few months ago and the skills I've learned on the course have helped me to really consider the best way for me to perform well as a leader. I’ve been able to consider theories in university, make links with what is happening in work and apply my new knowledge back at the office.

What skills have you developed in addition to the knowledge you are learning on your programme?

The course has really changed the way I think about business issues and encouraged me to reflect on the best way to approach them. A part of my job is research and benchmarking and the Applied Business Research module has helped me to complete these tasks as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. I’ve also learned how to use statistical software, which enables me to analyse data quickly and interpret what it means for our organisation.

How valuable do you consider these skills? Do you feel they will help you or even give you a competitive edge in your desired career path?

I think the skills I’ve learned are really valuable for my career. I’ve become more effective in completing day-to-day tasks, as well as giving me a new perspective and way of thinking about problems.

Do you consider the postgraduate experience beneficial in other ways?

I’ve met a wide range of people on the course and the group exercises have developed my communication and influencing skills. I also think that having to be disciplined about meeting both my work and university commitments has made me manage my time more effectively.

What was your route in to your MSc?

I graduated in 2000, and started working in HR as a graduate trainee. Although I studied for my professional qualification, it was distance learning; so coming back to a taught environment after 13 years was a bit daunting.

Have you any recommendations or advice concerning the application process you'd like to share with prospective postgraduate students thinking of applying?

If you have been out of education for a long-time, it can seem like a big decision to go back to university – especially as you’re likely to have more commitments than when you were an undergraduate! It is worth it and as you work through the course you’ll realise that you get more from it than just theories.

What do you especially like about your postgraduate experience at Liverpool?

There are many different sources of support, not just from the department, but also through the Guild of Students and the newly created Mature Students Society. As a part-time student who isn’t based in Liverpool, it’s great to be able to connect with others socially and get some informal support from other students.

Do you have any advice to offer undergraduates or graduates that are contemplating postgraduate study?

Go for it! It’s hard work, but rewarding and you’ll develop so many skills through the course that are useful for your career.

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