Tanya Chetcuti, BSc Computing and Information Systems, Malta

Tanya Chetcuti, BSc Computing and Information Systems, Malta

"When you work full-time while studying, you need to sacrifice personal time, which meant that I took my studies seriously. My ambition was to not only to complete my degree successfully but to make the best out of the time spent studying. I gained a first-class degree and also the prize for Best Overall Achievement. The achievement was a priceless sensation."

Tanya studied part-time with St Martins Institute of IT in Malta, BSc Computing and Information Systems, and found that working while she studied enabled her to relate much better to the to the course content and apply it to her job.

The qualification also made Tanya highly marketable, and a sought-after IT job at the European Commission followed on graduation.

"I am still constantly looking for challenging opportunities that will allow me to improve further my knowledge and skills and in turn to advance in my career."

Tamara Guerin, alumni

Tamara Guerin

'I first heard about the University of London International Programmes through a friend who was working in a high-level position with the United Nations in Haiti.

When I researched the programmes available I realized that the University of London was offering exactly the type of programme in international development that interested me. I found the quality of the courses and the flexibility that this type of arrangement offered me were perfect for my needs and I registered to earn my Masters of Science in Financial Economics.

While studying for my degree the biggest challenge I faced was to keep disciplined in my studies despite working full time and having children. Distance learning requires additional effort in that you must constantly engage in discussions and exchanges with peers and professors to make up for class time in a traditional system.

In 2005, the fact that I was earning my degree allowed me to obtain a position as a Financial Specialist with the Inter-American Development Bank in Haiti. The knowledge I gained from this programme also helped me obtain different consulting contracts within UNICEF and USAID funded projects.

After completing the course, I better understood the different factors, strategies and policies in social and economic development. Since then, I have been extremely active in developing local capacities, strengthening women’s grass roots organizations and empowering young women to create positive change in their communities.'

Rafail Veli, LLM, Canada

The University of London is ideal for busy professionals like myself who want an intellectual challenge combined with flexibility in their study schedule.

The University of London’s flexible study options enabled me to balance studying for my LLB with working full-time as a management consultant in Canada. I then went on to study for my LLM in Computer and Communications Law, while undertaking his Bar Examinations.

Having completed a first class LLM in ICT laws, I completed my Bar Studies at UWE in Bristol and was called to the Bar as a Barrister in late 2011. I currently sit on the  Board of  Directors for the Canadian Institute of Management and act as their Professor of Business Law.

In addition, I'm now exploring options to relocate to the Caribbean as a Barrister at Law  specializing in IT, IP and Telecoms Laws. I also offer services as a Civil and Commercial Mediator accredited by the ADR Group  and hold the coveted  Chartered Secretary (FCIS), Chartered Manager (FCMI) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) titles. My added services include counsel on all matters related to governance, regulatory, compliance and management consulting areas for clients.

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May Ling Wong, Alumni

May Ling Wong, LLB, Hong Kong

"I am now a corporate lawyer at Reed Smith Richards Butler, the Hong Kong office of US law firm, Reed Smith.

I was working as a medical researcher and was looking for alternatives for further education. What drew me to the University of London LLB course was that it offered me flexibility in the way I could choose the method of study which suited my own schedule. Another factor was that I would be able to get a qualification from a prestigious institution like the University of London while I worked.

I attended classes offered by a local institution, HKU SPACE and was delighted that after three years of intense hard work I achieved a First class degree. I'm extremely pleased with the result, and it has undoubtedly opened so many doors for me. After completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and a two year training contract with my firm, I was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2008. Although it took a total of six years to get here, it was worth every minute.

It was a huge decision to change my career completely from medical research to law, and there's no way I would've been able to do that without the flexibility and options offered by the University of London courses which allowed me to study in my own time and at my own pace.

I think the key to success was discipline which was tough at times, but at the end of the day, it's worth it, and it's a skill that will serve you well in the future too."