From balance sheets to babies: Change of career leads to graduation success

Robert Gordon University student, Natalie Foubister (25) from Aberdeen, will look forward to starting her new career as a midwife when she graduates with a Bachelors in Midwifery with Distinction, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery on Friday 10 December at 10.30am.

Natalie FoubisterNatalie, who grew up in Bridge of Don and now lives near Pittodrie, originally graduated with an accountancy degree in 2006 from Aberdeen University.

Mid-way through her accountancy studies in 2004, Natalie realised that she wanted a career with more interaction with people. She decided, upon graduating in 2006, that she would pursue her childhood ambition of becoming a midwife.

Natalie explains: "When I was little, I was fascinated by babies and had an aunt who worked in a maternity hospital. My dreams of becoming a midwife got sidetracked during secondary school and I drifted into accountancy, but I never felt like it was the right career choice for me."

After careful consideration of the three more years of study necessary and the financial implications involved, Natalie took the plunge and enrolled at the School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2007.

She continues: "After my wedding I was very happy in my personal life and realised that I wanted a career where I could leave work every day feeling fulfilled. I chose to study midwifery at Robert Gordon University as I knew it had an excellent reputation in terms of teaching and work placements."

As Natalie was often working full-time on placements and completing academic coursework in the evening, husband Michael had to work a six-day week to support the couple financially.

He adds: "Natalie's course was very intensive so it meant a lot of sacrifices as a couple not only financially but on our time together. I've always supported her brave decision to change career and am delighted all the hard work has paid off."

Despite her busy schedule, Natalie became a Scottish member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Working Group, acting as a student representative and speaking at the RCM annual student conference, also getting articles on her experiences published in midwifery publications.

Natalie concludes: "I've had a very busy three years and am so happy to finally be graduating as a midwife. I have had amazing encouragement from my family and have developed a close bond with my classmates - who have been my constant support."

Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
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Tel: 01224 262206
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