After I originally graduated in 2015 I worked as a manager in hospitality. After 3-and-a-half-years I decided that I wanted to do something different. I spent a lot of time researching online to decide what I wanted to do next and when I found the option of MSc Psychology at Abertay, I knew it had modules in it I'd love to learn.
At that time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my master's degree, but I hoped that by studying something I enjoyed, I’d end up with a career I enjoyed.
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I was nervous. I was giving up my salary and a proper job to become a student! I was also worried that I might not be academic enough. Thankfully I’m graduating with a First, so it’s worked out.
I’m very happy and excited for the next steps in my life. It’ll be a great day, and a lot of people in my family are coming along to celebrate. I’m the first person in my family to get a Masters, so I’ll get a second photo on my gran’s wall!
I’m now a User Experience Consultant. For my final university project I chose to work with a finance company in Edinburgh. I carried out usability testing on a new online product of theirs and looked at how the user experienced the product using eye trackers and interviews. This made me realise that I wanted to move into the area of UX as a career.
I wanted to keep my skills in Dundee, and ended up working with the university to figure out how I could do this by myself. My supervisor, Ken Scott-Brown, hooked me up with Bell Street Ventures here at Abertay and they welcomed me with open arms.
Very, very helpful. I’ve got work now and it’s all because I’m in that space. There are always lots of people looking to set up businesses dropping by, meaning there are lots of opportunities for collaboration.
The support of Simon Fraser and the team at Bell Street Ventures, the Psychology Department and the university in general has been fantastic.
Find out more about what Stephanie is doing now here.