Katie Hodson is studying a Master of Leadership and Management in Education (MLMED) at the University of Newcastle. The program has opened her up to a world of leadership possibilities within the education sector. Katie recently shared her insights into studying the program, and is excited to see where NEW can take her.
Q.Why are you studying the Master of Leadership and Management in Education?
I am studying the MLMED to help my prospects of applying for a leadership position such as a head of department in the future. Obtaining a MLMED is such a versatile and relevant qualification that applies to all leadership roles, so it doesn’t pigeon hole you, but instead, creates a world of leadership possibilities and opportunities across all facets of the education sector. It is also something that is becoming a required qualification in many leadership roles today.
Q.How have you benefitted from studying this program?
It has enabled me to think outside the box and view things from all different angles. I have been able to speak with people currently in leadership positions and complete assessments that have real-life application, relevance and possibility. It has helped me realise what sort of leader I would like to become and has created a network and connection between other course members seeking to achieve similar goals and achieve great educational outcomes and environments for our students.
Q.How would you describe the support you receive from the teaching staff?
The support I have received from the teaching staff has been fantastic. I am doing the MLMED through correspondence, so having quick responses to emails or knowing that whenever I am stuck that my lecturers are only a phone call away and only too happy to help, has been a great comfort and support.
Q.What facilities have you benefitted from having access to while studying the Master of Leadership and Management in Education?
The Blackboard facility has been one of the main facilities I have used whilst studying the MLMED. It has been a really easy way to access all the unit materials in one place and have online discussions and forums with other people participating in the units and read and respond to their ideas, experiences and research. The online library system has also been very useful. There is an abundance of online articles that can be accessed and read at the click of a few buttons and online support from library staff if needed.
Q.Where are you currently in your career and where do you hope the Master of Leadership and Management in Education will take you?
I am currently working as a music teacher and hope to take on a leadership role as a head of department in the future.
Music teacher Katie Hodson is developing leadership skills through postgraduate study.
It has helped me realise what sort of leader I would like to become and has created a network and connection between other course members seeking to achieve similar goals.