"I wouldn’t have achieved such a great result if it wasn’t for the expertise, teaching style and support at USW."

Zoe Wall

Zoe, a Human Resources Management graduate of USW, opted for her course thanks to the balanced blend of theory and practical experience available through the unique Network 75 apprenticeship scheme. She found her passion for HR during her A-Level studies, saying "I discovered my passion, interest and natural aptitude for HRM. From this point I knew it was the career choice for me." Her selection was a simple choice given her learning style and the course’s features. "I loved what the Network 75 scheme offered me as a part-time student, working and studying part-time over the course of 5 years. This meant USW really was the only choice for me."

Zoe's academic journey was marked by the high quality of teaching and practical learning. She attributed her first-class honours to the academic support, saying "I wouldn’t have achieved such a great result if it wasn’t for the expertise, teaching style and support the HRM lecturers and Course Leader at USW gave me." Being a part-time student, she was grateful for the chance to apply theoretical knowledge to her practical work.

Zoe enhanced her course experience with industry insights from guest lecturers and practical tools like FindIt and Emerald Insight. She also believes it is key to take advantage of the fantastic support offered at the library. “It’s imperative to engage with the help and support from the Library Services that will provide advice on how best to search for literature to maximise your time and effort in looking for relevant and reliable research."

Her knowledge and experienced gained via Network 75 led to securing an HR Business Partner role before graduation, showcasing the high employability rates of the scheme. Reflecting on her achievement, Zoe said, "Doing a part-time course enabled me to apply the theoretical knowledge I learned at university to the practical world of work. This has expedited my career enabling me to take steps up the ladder at an early stage."

For those considering a career in HRM, Zoe encourages them to engage fully with their studies, utilise available resources, and seek help when needed. "Make the best use of the resources around you and do not being afraid to ask support services for help. Also take responsibility for your own learning and efforts. You only get out what you put in."