Sara lands her dream job
A Bangor University student has landed her dream job of designing and developing foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate business courses as well as teaching after completing her PhD.
Former Upton-By-Chester High School student, Sara Fisher, 27, from Chester, recently received a PhD in Management from the Bangor Business School. Sara’s higher education journey began at Bangor eight years ago when she began a BSc Product Design degree.
Extremely proud of her achievements, Sara recalls:
“I remember coming to an open day back in 2007 and visiting the Cilgwyn building on the Normal Site. Product Design was a small course, but everyone was really friendly and helpful and the workshop facilities were second to none. Compared to the other universities I had visited, Bangor made me feel included, and that I mattered. I got that vibe everywhere I went that day and knew it was the place for me. I was never a big city girl and was shy and quiet back then, but Bangor made me feel at home. Looking back on my choice, I wouldn’t do anything differently. I owe so much to that course and as it has helped me get to where I am today.
“When I decided that I wanted to do a masters degree, I looked at different options but felt that my time at Bangor wasn’t quite over yet. I really enjoyed the marketing and entrepreneurship lectures we had done in product design and I found a Business and Marketing MA in the Business School that looked really great. I thoroughly enjoyed that year, even though I had to work hard as I was a little out of my comfort zone at first. When I got offered a scholarship to do a PhD with some of my favourite lecturers it really was a no brainer to continue with my studies. Before this, I never thought I would be able to do one as I was never the perfect A* student a school, so I knew I couldn’t pass up such an opportunity.
“I worked for four years in student services, mainly with the peer guiding scheme and organising the home student day. I really enjoyed working with the team, and they were so supportive throughout both my masters and PhD. I also was a student warden based on Ffriddoedd site. Both jobs were really rewarding and I liked having something else to keep me busy!
“Over the years I’ve been a course rep, head peer guide, academic study leader and postgraduate ambassador. I was also involved in BEnterprising and the enterprise by design programme. I really enjoyed this as it mixed my passion for design and entrepreneurship. This is how I met one of my supervisors, Siwan, as we worked closely together on the project when I became a facilitator and specialist for design and business.
“Getting a distinction on my masters and passing my viva were really proud moments for me. I also met some of the most influential people whilst studying here and my experience wouldn’t have been the same without them.
“I think completing my PhD has been a big obstacle to overcome. Sometimes there were moments when I was sat staring at a screen thinking ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’. I had to persevere, stay motivated and most of all have faith in my abilities and knowledge that I could over come problems. It wasn’t always easy, but I got there in the end!
“The weekend before my viva I was lucky enough to be offered a lecturing position in the University of Law’s new business school, DeBroc, in Portsmouth which is opening in 2016. It was more than I could’ve hoped for as my first job as I’m now designing and developing foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate business courses as well as teaching. My hope for the future is that I continue developing my academic career.”
Publication date: 17 December 2015