Yesterday was my first day as a Masters student.
I was all kinds of nervous turning up at 9.30am to register on my programme, but luckily I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. After a couple of hours’ info assimilation (otherwise known as “do the work and don’t fart about and you’ll be fine”), we settled into a slightly awkward group at lunch and got to know one another a little.
Unsurprisingly, it turns out I’m the eldest student in the class. Somewhat more surprising though was the level of interest the other students had in my professional experience. Specifically, what does a fundraising job look like? What do you actually do?
I was more than happy to answer any questions and not-so-subtly plug fundraising as a career path. The reception of my waffling was warm and a few insightful questions were asked. One even told me she’s got some experience helping a consultant with small projects and is looking into becoming a fundraiser after she graduates this course.
It was a huge decision for me to leave a full-time job and become a full-time student. But I know I’ve made a good choice to pursue further study, and if the first day is anything to go by, fundraising isn’t too far away in my academic world already.
Just goes to show, you can take the fundraiser out of the workplace….