How Essex helped me in my further career - Postgraduate Alumni Stories

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How Essex helped me in my further career? Postgraduate Alumni Stories

You’re almost at the end of your postgraduate studies and many of you are just a couple months away from finishing your dissertations and (re)starting your career. Job hunting can be exhausting, sometimes can take time and require a lot of effort. But your education is a key part when it comes to finding your dream job. Some of our brilliant postgraduate alumni’s have shared and written about their experiences after their studies. We included their stories about how studies in Essex have helped them pursue their careers, have a look below.

Andri (LLM International Commercial and Business Law in 2016):

“I graduated from the School of Law in 2015 followed by my Masters in International Commercial and Business Law. I currently live in Larnaca, Cyprus where I completed my legal practice. I now work in Nicosia in a Law firm for banks – and I really enjoy it!”

If you want to see more, please check Andri’s blog below:


Philip (LLM Human Rights Law in 2001):

“I studied International Human Rights Law and graduated from Essex in 2001. After more than a decade of different field assignments for the United Nations, I now live in New York and work as a Senior Policy Adviser for Rule of Law, Justice, and Security, with UN Women HQ.


I think I was at my peak of student life at Essex – studying, but also doing multiple pro-bono work around the same time. I was elected President (1999-2000) of University of Essex Amnesty International Society and represented Essex in the UK round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. I enjoyed the LLM programme thoroughly and my professional career was enriched from the candid discussions and exchange of ideas I had at Essex with esteemed faculties like Sir Nigel Rodley, Professor Kevin Boyle, Professor Francoise Hampson etc. and of course my class peers who came from different parts of the world.”

If you want to see more, please check Philip’s blog below:

Simina (MA English Language and Literature  in 2015):

“These experiences I had at Essex have facilitated my road to success. The challenges I mostly faced, were financial and cultural, but having the chance to earn some money whilst a student, has definitely helped a lot! I have evolved from a simple volunteer in my first year to the unique Frontrunners scheme at Essex, which offered me the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in event and project management, and develop confidence in communication, working alongside and being trained by experienced staff in a busy office environment. Liaising with a wide range of people, internal and external to the University, I have also worked as Student Ambassador and Employability Ambassador, while being involved in various extra-curricular activities, such as being a volunteering project leader with the Students’ Union vTeam or Secretary for the Students’ Union Romanian Society. After graduation, I have worked as Volunteering Coordinator for University of Essex Students’ Union for two years. Afterwards, I was offered the role of Liaison Trainee in the Secretariat of the European Parliament.”

Christina (MSc Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security in 2016):

I have always been an enthusiastic person, ready to challenge myself, thus, learning and developing. I chose to follow a bilingual profile during high-school in order to improve my English, hence, having the opportunity to apply at the University of Essex for an undergraduate degree. I studied International Relations and carried on with my postgraduate studies on Organized Crime, Terrorism and Security. I believe that strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. Being far from home has always been hard, but if I feel that something is worth fighting for, then I do my best to succeed and achieve my goals. I have always been in love with the University of Essex and that is why I chose working for the Communications and External Relations Department and improve my skills profile. I would classify myself as an EU student who worked hard to get a job in the United Kingdom. All the friendly people that I am working with, made me realise that no matter where you are from, there are opportunities everywhere as long is there are passion, ambition, and determination. I proudly call myself an Essex alumna!

Sofie (MA Linguistics in 2017):

My time at Essex was swift, yet wonderful. It was one year that went by way too quickly and I didn’t understand how much I really enjoyed it until afterwards. There are many highs and lows when you leave university. You feel excited that you have finally finished, no more 9am classes or exams, but now you have to figure out what to do next! When I finished my undergrad I was stuck. I applied for a few jobs but didn’t get any responses so I thought, why not study for 1 more year and see where that takes me? And it took me here, to Colchester, to a great job where I can grow and evolve and use bits and pieces I learned at university. It took me a while to get here, but it was worth it.

If you want to see more, check Sophie’s blog below:

Hope these alumni stories have inspired you to work towards your dream job and don’t give up along the road. We hope you get it!

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