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Embracing the Next Chapter: Returning to Pursue a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University

Andie Riches

Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Psychology and Sport Science
Category: Student support services

13 February 2024

Embarking on a journey abroad after completing your undergraduate degree is a transformative experience that can enrich both personal and professional aspects of life. However, as the chapter comes to a close, the prospect of returning to work and furthering your education may seem both exciting and challenging. In this blog post, I’ll draw on my own experience of living abroad post-undergraduate, and ultimately returning to Anglia Ruskin University for a Ph.D.

Why I decided to study Ph.D. 

After completing my undergraduate degree, I made the bold decision to live, work, and explore life beyond familiar borders. Living abroad provided a unique opportunity to broaden my horizons, experience different cultures, and gain valuable insights into different ways of life. This period of exploration not only added a vibrant chapter to my personal story but also equipped me with a new set of skills and perspectives that would prove invaluable in my professional journey. Re-entering the job market can be both exciting and daunting. Updating your CV, showcasing the skills acquired during your time abroad, and networking within your industry are crucial steps. Employers often appreciate the diverse perspectives gained through international experiences, making it an asset in many fields.

Choosing ARU for a Ph.D.

As I navigated my professional re-establishment, the post-undergraduate experiences I encountered sparked a series of questions, revealing my desire to delve deeper into a specific field. This contemplation ultimately fuelled my aspiration to pursue a Ph.D. Returning to academia after a break can be overwhelming, but it's an opportunity for intellectual growth and contributing to the body of knowledge in your chosen field. Choosing ARU for my Ph.D. felt like a homecoming. The familiarity of the institution extends beyond the physical space, this meant the opportunity to work alongside familiar colleagues who have now assumed roles as my supervisors. The shared history and camaraderie within the department add a valuable dimension to my professional journey, creating a supportive foundation for collaboration and growth.

Returning to academic life after a break requires adjustments, balancing research, coursework, and personal life can be challenging, but I’ve found the journey to be particularly rewarding. The connections made, both with lecturers and fellow researchers, contribute significantly to the overall academic experience. My journey from living abroad to returning to ARU for a Ph.D. is a testament to the possibilities that unfold when we embrace change. As you navigate your path, remember that every step, regardless of how unconventional, contributes to the unique tapestry of your professional and personal journey.


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