Joy Collison

Current student

Business Psychology MSc
Study area
Business and Economics

I enjoy learning and this MSc in Business Psychology aligns well with my consultancy work, I want to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date to give better service to my clients.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

I am an independent HR Consultant studying part-time to allow me to continue working. I have been independent for 3 years and previously I worked in a FTSE Top 100 organisation holding senior HR and ER positions.

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

Because of the standard of teaching and facilities, I particularly chose this programme to enhance my skills and knowledge. The programme leaders have great credibility in their subject areas and have the ability to give students mental stretch. I was initially inspired to enquire about the programme after listening to John Arnold speak about careers at a conference.

What do you enjoy the most about your programme?

I enjoy the learning environment created by the lecturers and the students, always engaging and driving us to achieve high standards. Being on a taught programme gives a great balance between ‘classroom’ learning and individual research. I appreciate the clear communications about the expectations of the MSc.

Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate, and how this differs from undergraduate studies?

Being a postgraduate student enables me to get a narrow and deep insight to a variety of subjects which dovetail into my day job. This makes learning easier as it is applicable to the world of work and therefore relevant. I’m not sure how to compare the experience to undergraduate studies, however the standards and workload are demanding.

Describe a day in the life of a postgraduate student?

Time management underpins my life as a postgraduate student. I have the added challenge of balancing work and family so setting goals is important. I have been really surprised at the level of support available throughout my first year. Things can get quite demanding so planning and preparation have helped.

How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?

I enjoy walking, currently training for the 26 mile London Moonwalk - although the Lake District is my favourite walking destination. I have a season ticket at the Leicester Tigers rugby club, and also spend every weekend supporting my sons who play rugby for a local club team (Syston RFC). I enjoy travelling, reading, live music and gardening when I get a spare moment. I am the Vice Chair of the Leicestershire CIPD, working alongside a committee of volunteers to provide a calendar of learning events and mentoring support for local CIPD members.

Why did you decide to study?

I enjoy learning and this MSc in Business Psychology aligns well with my consultancy work, I want to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date to give better service to my clients. Getting a further professional qualification is likely to open new doors for me in the future. Being a member of the British Psychological Society and studying at Loughborough University will add credibility to my professional profile.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I believe that I will continue to work as an independent consultant, however the type of work I do may change further to my Masters qualification and the topic I research in my dissertation. I will continue to grow my business in the East Midlands area where possible. I plan to continue my voluntary work with the CIPD to support the committee to build a strong professional network in Leicestershire.

If you could give one piece of advice to a future student, what would it be?

Prepare to work hard, this includes planning your time and asking for support when you need it. Another piece of advice is to read around the topics before the lectures…this definitely helps!