It had always been my dream to work in the humanitarian sector but having left school at 16, I lacked the necessary academic background to do so. As it is possible to argue that every humanitarian crisis is intrinsically linked to a contexts underlying development, I wanted to study a degree in International Development to enable me to look at crises holistically. SOASs reputation as a highly critical institution, the quality of its academic staff and the high percentage of mature students made it the obvious choice!
The Mature Student Bridging Course was one of the biggest highlights for me as it gave me some really useful tips for returning to education after so many years out which helped ease the transition into university life. It also gave me the opportunity to meet other mature students prior to the official start of the degree program, many of whom remained friends throughout the degree!
Whilst I enjoyed all the modules I studied, Issues in Gender and Development and the Professional Placement particularly stood out for me. Issues in Gender and Development was engaging, challenging and had a fascinating reading list and a rewarding final assignment. During the Professional Placement module, I was placed with MSF, which not only gave me insight into how the sector operates but it also gave me the opportunity to do real time research alongside my studies and gave me the confidence to apply for a position after graduation!
I'm currently employed as a Technical Logistics Manager (Base and Field) for Medecins Sans Frontieres in South Sudan.