One of the things that I was asked when I had my job interview was about Bristol and what I liked not only about the university but also the city. The department feels more like a family than an institution and I still keep in contact with some of my lecturers today. Now I organise high profile events for diplomats and a range of projects (such as conferences, seminars and lectures) on an international level, but mainly in London and Istanbul. I am also heading a national competition due to launch in September. My job involves working closely with ambassadors, CEOs and ministers. My competition asks the public ways in which they believe Britain can be improved.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bristol, and would highly recommend it to anyone considering studying there. After leaving Bristol I went on to study a Masters in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford. I felt able to take full advantage of this further study thanks to my grounding in the fundamental concepts, arguments and theories I’d gained. Most recently, I’ve started a role as a consultant in a professional services firm. Despite working in the private sector, my background in Social Policy is highly relevant, as I specialise in working on projects for public sector clients.
Studying social policy has equipped me with a great understanding of the needs of a whole range of social groups across society. The passion and diversity of the lecturers at Bristol meant it was always interesting and developed my own passion for the subject. Since graduating, I got a place as a trainee manager on the NHS Graduate Scheme and have been working to deliver the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in my local region. I work with a whole range of people from different backgrounds, with different needs. My degree has given me an excellent basis for understanding the needs of patients and the local population.
I loved my time at the School of Policy Studies. The best thing was how approachable everybody was – I always felt as though those who taught us were genuinely interested in our work and our futures, and this made for brilliant academic and pastoral supervision. The course structure provided a broad overview as well as plenty of options units to match everyone’s interests. I am now hoping to do something to do with research and policy development in the future. I will next year be back in England for a while to do a Masters in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford.
Studying Social Policy at Bristol was a great experience, with excellent tutors and a wide range of topics to choose from. Since graduating I have taken up a number of project management roles in Local Government, focusing on new ways to deliver public services. The fact that my degree was very relevant and gave me a range of skills helped me secure my job, as well as the reputation of Bristol as a top university.
When it comes to choosing a career, Social Policy graduates will often have best of both worlds; the degree can be "vocational", if you so wish, across a range of public, private and voluntary services; but it is also a non-vocational degree, if you want to compete for the range of vacancies that still require a graduate with no specification as to subject.