It's a tough course, so you have to be committed to your studying, but there's also a lot of fun to be had. The nature of the course means you end up making friends really quickly and soon it feels like you've known everyone forever. I can't emphasise enough how truly lovely everyone in my year was, and the support staff behind it all are such wonderful people. By the end of the course I felt ready to go out and start work without needing close supervision, and there aren't many osteopathy courses, or any that I know of, where the students leave the uni feeling competent in such a range of areas, and with such a wide variety of techniques to impress employers with. Now that I'm in Australia I appreciate the ESO all the more, as I've had so many employers who can barely believe how much technical skill we get given, and the fact we actually treat the whole age range from a few days old to the elderly.
I have found it incredibly easy to get a job straight after graduating. I moved to Australia and had found a job before I even arrived, because the quality of the course at the ESO is so much better than anywhere else in the world, so it really leaves your options open. Employers have been so surprised by how much experience we get in such a wide variety of subjects, it's definitely made me stand out.
Very supportive atmosphere to study in. Nearly all the lecturers are very passionate about osteopathy
It has to be small because there aren't too many of us, but the events we put on were pretty awesome. Everyone gets involved a little bit, and the national sports day is a great way to get to know people from the other osteopathic colleges .
Maidstone isnt a city but it has everything you need, and a good student nightlife.
Because there only about 250 students, it's pretty easy for staff to get to know everyone, and there's great welfare. The student community is really tight-knit, there'll always be someone, or lots of someones, offering to help.
I started at the ESO aged 30, so was a mature student. We had a variety of ages in our year from 17 to 50 when we first started. However we all got on and gelled really well as a year group. I was worried about being a mature student initially but that quickly resolved. It was great being part of a group that consisted of people from many different countries and backgrounds. I was also worried about whether I would be able to study again after a long break but that was not a problem. The course is intense, requires a lot of commitment and hard work but the more you learn about osteopathy, the more you want to be one. Although it is a 4 year course, the time goes quickly and terms fly by. It was great being at a uni that only teaches osteopathy. We all had the same focus and goal.
I felt very prepared to find work upon completing my degree. I started 2 associate positions within 2 weeks of graduating and have also set up my own business seeing patients at home. We were given lectures in our final year with regards to the things necessary to consider when setting up our own businesses and going into self employment. We also had our 2 years of experience treating patients, (adults, children and babies) in the uni's teaching clinic which meant that I felt able to accept any new patient straight away. Osteopathy is a job where you can never know all the answers, you learn every day with each new patient. That is what makes the job so enjoyable, as you can never be complacent and no day is the same. The ESO taught me to think on my feet and provided me with a great variety of techniques, so that I can choose the best way to approach each individual patient. We had 2 years training in cranial osteopathy alongside classical and structural techniques. In my opinion the ESO is the best choice for anyone wanting to become an osteopath. It is in a stunning countryside setting, but a stones throw from the town of Maidstone which has everything you need as well as plenty of shops and bars. The students with cars all help out those that don't, picking them up to give them lifts to lectures. There is a real team spirit and although the degree is seriously hard work, we were all in it together.
We had such a great variety of subjects to study and all of our lecturers were great. Most are osteopaths themselves, as well as being experts in their subjects. Personally I loved physiology most and our lecturer Trevor Campbell was fantastic.
The ESO has a students association, which consists of 3rd and 4th year students. They were responsible for organising parties and events for the rest of the students. The ESO loves a bit of fancy dress! And we arrange a summer sports day on our site that other osteopathic uni students are invited to take part in.
The facilities at the ESO were good. And renovations have improved them further since I left 2 years ago. Fridges are provided for students to store food for their lunches, microwaves and also a canteen providing hot and cold snacks and meals daily. The library contains many useful texts and the staff there are always really helpful. For those who run or cycle to uni there are showers.
There are many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in Maidstone and the surrounding areas.
There is student support provided both for academic needs and personal. Dyslexic students are assisted with getting technical support. A student councellor provides personal support and advice. Help is provided with regards to finding accomodation, including house shares with other students.