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Fatima Kamara

Health and Social Care Management Executive, Labour Councillor & CEO

BSc Nursing, 2003 & Postgraduate Advanced Women’s Health, 2006

What drew you to Middlesex?

I was drawn to studying at Middlesex University due to its proximity to London and that the structure and content of the courses that I wanted to study post my nursing qualification ticked all the boxes for me. The fact that in studying for my Postgraduate in Advanced Women's Health & Family Planning and being able to have the practical experience was a big plus for me. The lecturers and the support systems in place were exceptional.

What was the highlight of your time here, or what did you enjoy about studying here?

The highlight of my time studying at the university was the feeling of belonging even though at times it the course was demanding due to my family, work and studying commitments I had the right support I needed which helped me in completing my course with a distinction.

What inspired you to go into your line of work?

It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. What motivated me is the opportunity I have to make a difference and to improve the quality of life for others, which for me is more of a calling than a career. I have now been a qualified as a nurse for 20 years and to date even though I don’t provide hands-on care or direct care I have truly enjoyed the journey. I believe that nursing is simply to give tender loving care while applying it to the everyday concept of medical care.

When did you realise what your life goals were and then how did you go about planning to achieve them?

After having graduated from nursing school, I had always aspired to further my nursing career and work in senior or executive management.  As I continued to work in various care settings e.g. acute hospitals, primary care, community, commissioning etc. I naturally had a feel of what I would like to do and the areas I enjoyed working in. This has shaped my career path in every way.

How did Middlesex enable you to achieve your goals?

Providing a place to study and grow and also now that I work as a health and social care consultant, own my own care and concierge services company,  the experience and knowledge gained during my studies at Middlesex University has really helped to solidify my career.

What difficulties have you had to overcome along the way?

I don’t see difficulties I see opportunities for me to learn from and grow.

Would you do anything differently if you were re-living your Middlesex experience?

Nothing…..absolutely nothing.  I had such a great time that I might come back to complete my PhD.

What advice would you give students who are about to start at Middlesex?

Middlesex has all the support and opportunities you need. Don't be afraid of the new, study hard, explore, enjoy, create. The memories you make will be treasured in years to come.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

My graduation, the feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment when it was all over.

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