I’m undergoing an exciting career change.

While a 9-to-5 office job is the norm in Hong Kong, I realised it wasn’t right for me and decided to switch career paths during the pandemic. It was a tough decision but I felt it was time to explore other options.

After analysing myself using the Ikigai framework – a Japanese concept of finding purpose in life – I discovered studying psychology would allow me to turn my strengths and passions into a career that would also help others.

It made sense for me to study online since most education providers were shifting to online learning due to Covid-19 and I didn’t want to wait any longer. I chose to study BSc Psychology with the University of Essex Online as the course is fully accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS) and provides opportunities to collaborate and interact with tutors and peers – just like an offline course.

I enjoyed the Welcome Week, which allowed us to become familiar with the online learning platform and take time to get to know other students on the Students’ Forum. I also benefitted from Career Guidance, which helped me with everything from CV writing and interview advice to professional skills.

My course also provides modules on research methods to prepare us for the final research project. This is something I’m really looking forward to as it allows me to develop key skills in psychology. Also, since I’m considering postgraduate study, I believe this would help build a strong foundation for future study too.

I have really benefited from studying 100% online. The flexibility allows me to structure my work-life balance and I am now working as a translator while studying. Despite my busy schedule and long reading list, I still find time to volunteer, read psychological journals and blogs, and paint.


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Grace Araba

I completed my course just before I turned 71. It shows age is no barrier and that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

Malaika Syed

The support of tutors and dedicated teams, a well-structured curriculum, enriching student learning experience and a comprehensive virtual learning environment (VLE) made it feel no less than an on-campus degree. 

Michelle Franklin

I was hesitant and put off doing this for years as I doubted my ability and didn’t feel confident enough but now I wish I had taken the leap years ago.