A SHEFFIELD dentist is planning a complete change of career – after becoming allergic to her job.
Emma Fawcett had been in the profession for more than 10 years when she started to become sensitive to many of the materials used in modern dentistry – meaning she had to look for something new.
After carrying out some voluntary work with an environmental charity, Emma embarked on a part-time master’s degree in urban and regional planning at Sheffield Hallam University.
Emma said: “When I came across the course I knew straight away that it was for me. I had been doing voluntary work with an environmental charity and the Green Party, and developed an interest in planning.
“I attended a really useful open day at Sheffield Hallam University which enabled me to find out when I could start and what the entry requirements were.
“Already holding a degree meant I was able to sign up to start that same year.”
This Wednesday people can go to an open evening at Sheffield Hallam to find out more about the wide range of courses available that could help them take a big step to a radical new career.
Studying part time has enabled Emma to study her course but has also left time for her to continue her passion for art.
Emma has been painting and drawing for 20 years and has started to sell her work.
She said: “Being able to study part time is a real bonus, as it means I was able to ease myself back into academic study after a gap of 15 years.
“The pace of learning has been just right and I’m really looking forward to graduating.
I’d love to work in environmental planning, perhaps in the voluntary sector.”
The part-time and postgraduate open day is free and takes place at city campus between 3pm and 6.30pm.