04 June 2019
Ms Leong Li Zi was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Western Australia when she ran out of funds to complete her honours year.
Thus, she decided to return to Singapore to work in 2014 after only getting a basic pass degree. However, as she searched for employment opportunities as a research assistant, she found that the minimum qualifications required were an honours degree or graduate diploma in psychology — the very qualification she hoped to return to university to earn.
Subsequently, Ms Leong learnt that she could further her studies at the Singapore campus of James Cook University, commencing her studies from year three onwards and also enjoying a transfer of study credits from her UWA degree.
In 2016, Ms Leong enrolled into JCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science programme before progressing to Graduate Diploma of Psychology.
During her study, she volunteered to be a research assistant position under Dr Bridget McConnell, who was conducting meta-analysis for her research on animal-assisted medical interventions at the time.
“My time with Dr Bridget and the other staff really helped me not just with my research, but it also taught me about life as a researcher and helped me clarify my plans after graduation,” says Ms Leong.