Acupuncturist, Wokingham Therapy Clinic
BSc Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004
What made you choose Middlesex University?
Middlesex University had the best course for Chinese medicine in Europe, so it was an easy choice to make.
What attracted you to your course and made you apply?
The course was very comprehensive, in-depth and affiliated with Beijing University in China. It had a broad scope and depth that made it the most rounded course in the UK. Not only did it cover Chinese medicine but also western orthodox medicine and business skills with clinical experience given from early on in the course.
What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?
The clinical experience offered to students from very early on was invaluable.
What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?
Walking through the corridors on campus, meeting fellow students.
What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?
Don't hesitate and follow your dreams.
How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?
My time at Middlesex gave me a strong foundation in both my professional and business skills, as well as giving me confidence to start up my own business and fulfil my ambitions.
Why did you choose the career you studied for?
Whilst back-packing around Asia for a year, I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do with my life. After a lot of thought and soul searching, I decided I wanted to help people and become a healer. After returning to the UK, I found the best course in Chinese medicine at Middlesex University.
What are the pros and cons of working within your professional field?
The good points about working in my field are the personal satisfaction I get from relieving people's psychical pain or helping them start a family. It's the simple things that I'm able to touch in someone else's life that make it all worthwhile. The down side to my profession is listening to people's problems all day, which can be tiring.
How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?
Patience, hard work and moving to a place that was my target market. Studying at Middlesex helped me develop all these attributes.
What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?
Setting up both my own clinic and an online news website and ecommerce business, Chinese Medicine Times - this was well received by my peers. I recently sold this business to my well established competitor.
What does the future hold for you?
I'm looking to start a new, bigger business in the field of healthcare off the back of my previous successes.
What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?
1. Follow your ideas; 2. Don't give up; 3. Work hard.