Debbi Wallis

"The lecturers were always there for you"
About my career

During my studies for the Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, I made the difficult decision that I did not want to be a Physiotherapist. I was supported and encouraged by my lecturers to continue with my degree and that the skills and experience I was gaining would benefit me in any career path I choose to follow. Over the course of my degree I undertook six different placements in various NHS Trusts, which developed me both personally and professionally.

I realised that I loved the care sector, and after graduating I worked as a Senior Carer for a home agency in Stockport; a continuation of my part-time job from university. After travelling, and returning to my home town, I applied for the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my first application but I did not give up and applied again the following year where I was offered a position on the North West Finance scheme.

Now working in NHS management, the knowledge gained during my degree has been invaluable. Learning to communicate with patients, awareness of the roles of other NHS staff as well as skills such as time management and working to deadlines are crucial in the health care sector.

I have gone on to complete a PGCert in Leadership and Service Improvement; a joint honours course with the University of Manchester and Birmingham and have also now completed the Management level of my CIMA qualification and will take Strategic in November.

My top tip for students is…

Know what you want, take your time to do your research and the application form and remember to tailor your application to the company/role! Think outside the box so you can demonstrate you have gone the extra mile.

I’m inspired by…

Janet Rooney, Physiotherapy lecturer as well as my NHS mentor; a deputy director of finance who was a previous NHS Graduate trainee, who helped me to aim high, stay motivated and believe in myself.

Why I love Manchester Met

The friendly, helpful and approachable lecturers who were always there for you, whatever the problem.