Anahita Khalajabadi completed her BSc (Hons) in Clinical Exercise Science in 2019 and is now on track to become an occupational therapist.

Reflecting on her reasons for choosing the course, Anahita said: “I knew I wanted to work in healthcare but wasn’t sure at the time which area specifically. This course covers a broad range of topics throughout the three years, including physiology and anatomy, psychology, nutrition, research methods and public health. This diversity attracted me because I knew it could lead on to a range of career options.

“Once I had started, I quickly knew I had made a good choice. We were located at both Lansdowne and at the AECC (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic) and every day was different. We were able to choose our modules and because the classes were small, we got to know everyone well and build good relationships with our lecturers. I even managed to get a free personal trainer qualification in addition to my degree!”

After graduating, Anahita spent a year working in insurance while she considered a longer-term career plan. Having decided that she wanted to become an occupational therapist, she is now studying a Master’s in Winchester while continuing to live in Bournemouth.

She said: “BU equipped me with a range of lifelong skills. I became more confident and learnt workplace skills through my placements. I also improved my approach to time management and the research methods are helping me with my Master’s. From a professional point of view, I learnt to look at people more holistically and think about how I can support them to live a fulfilling life, regardless of their circumstances, which is very empowering. I enjoy the fact that I can now work with people in settings ranging from schools to hospitals, care homes to universities.”

When asked for her advice to others who may want to follow a similar path, Anahita said: “There is no rush in knowing what you want to do or become. And it’s okay if you feel a bit lost after finishing your undergraduate degree. Take time to research and experience the career path you want to follow. I would also recommend doing a Master’s as it allows you to continue enjoying student life while growing as a person and further enhancing your skills.”

Aside from her advice on career planning, Anahita also has these tips for making the most of the university experience: “Make the most of it, do your revision and keep up to date with your assignments as it keeps you feeling motivated. And get as good a laptop as you can as you’ll need it!”