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Chinwe Chinaka

Chinwe ChinakaWhat would you like to do? Improve your career.

Chinwe Chinaka lives in Navan, Co Meath. She has an Open University honours degree in Social Sciences with Social Policy, and is now studying for an MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice with us. 

Chinwe explains: 

“I embarked on a degree with The Open University to improve my career prospects. I opted for The Open University because of its flexibility and excellent reputation. I’m interested in the social sciences, so when I discovered that it was possible to study for a degree in this field, I jumped at the chance. My husband was very supportive. Thanks to the ‘OUSBA’ scheme, I was able to spread the cost of my studies, which was very helpful. 

Before I began my Open University studies, I’d achieved a higher national diploma in secretarial administration and a postgraduate diploma in education. Becoming an Open University student was very straightforward. The registration process was clear, and when I needed advice from the student services team they were very helpful and gave me excellent advice and assistance. 

I was blessed with the most amazing tutors. I’m the type that asks lots of questions when I’m learning, and my tutors were always prompt to respond. I found their detailed comments and constructive criticism on my tutor-marked assignments satisfied my learning needs. All I can say about the Open University’s learning materials is that they’re simply the best.

I found the tutorials and day schools truly helpful. Tutorials were a great way to make friends, too.

I can honestly say that there have been a number of benefits of having an Open University degree. On a personal level, I’m more confident, and professionally I now have a part-time job.

As you might expect, there were a number of challenges to overcome during the years when I was studying. The main one for me was combining being a wife and mother with going to work and studying. However, all the members of my family were loving and supportive, so this contributed a lot to my success. 

I’d definitely recommend The Open University to anyone who’s considering study. I’ve already advised a lot of friends and colleagues to register, and will continue to do so. The Open University is an institution to believe in; it’s a learning environment that’s good for everyone.

I can honestly say that I didn’t have a single negative experience as an Open University student, and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to study. The most amazing moment for me was my graduation ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin, on 14th April 2015. 

As far as the future’s concerned, in the short term I intend to complete my MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice and I hope this will improve my long-term career prospects.”

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