Fyona Knight


Diploma in Financial Strategy


United Kingdom


Financial services



By Fyona Knight

First week, first impressions!

Just back from my first Diploma in Financial Strategy module at Oxford with new friends, new perspectives and new skills! Here’s my take on how returning to university will benefit me…

Breathing new life into my career: Outdated skills can end the most promising of careers. No matter what your age, knowledge is king, and embarking on fresh learning cycles is a key part of maintaining success in the new digital workforce.

Networking: It’s a great place to meet people who want to meet you back! My classmates’ companies ranged from global heavy hitters through to one-man enterprises, all of us linked by the desire for self-improvement. Bringing such professionals into the classroom to throw up fascinating insights and perspectives that I simply would not have encountered anywhere else.

Finish what you started: I was a pretty poor student the first time around, but I’m now more mature, motivated, and determined to do things right. In addition, my teenage years were dominated by my parent’s divorce, and coping with this came well ahead of scoring top grades. Winning a scholarship was therefore extra special for me, making up for potential that I couldn’t fulfil back then. So if you’re thinking of going to study, don’t hesitate! The benefits are already kicking in, and I’m enjoying every second!

Fyona Knight FS picture collage

This blog has been reposted by Oxford Saïd with thanks to Fyona. Follow Fyona’s Oxford journey on her personal blog ‘Oxford Calling’.

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