BA (Hons) Public Services
International Projects Assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University
Without the opportunity MMU gave me, I would not have the experience or knowledge to carry out my current role.
- About my career
I have always wanted to join the police and so studied Uniformed Public Services at college. I decided to continue with this area of study at university and undertook my BA (Hons) in Public Services at MMU.
I really enjoyed the political side of my degree. I never really had an interest in politics until I started my Bachelors and, as the course progressed, I found I became more interested and intrigued as to just how much politics would affect the area I wanted a career in.
My placement was in the form of a scholarship to New York State, SUNY Cortland and the New York State Assembly. The importance of this placement in terms of my professional and personal development is unquestionable. I believe the opportunity of studying abroad afforded to me by MMU is the sole reason I am in my current position. Without it, I would not have the experience or knowledge to carry out my current role as an International Strategy Intern at Manchester Metropolitan University. I implore all students to undertake a placement (whether that’s a year or shorter period of time) as the contacts and experience you make will help you in the future.
The communication skills, critical thinking and creativity I gained at MMU have been the skills I’ve used the most in my career so far. That, and being confident in your abilities, which is something I would also urge students to work on. “With confidence you have won before you have started” - (Marcus Garvey). Confidence is the main barrier to success; you can be taught how to analyse, you can be taught how to critique but can’t be taught how to stand up in front of a room full of people and say what needs to be said.
- My top tip for students is…
Treat your job search like a dissertation; have a plan, have a time scale and remember, in the interviews and applications they want to know what you have done and what you would do in the situation.
- I’m inspired by…
During my scholarship in New York State, I worked for the Majority Leader of the Assembly and he became my role model professionally, and in a personal capacity.
- Why I love Manchester Metropolitan University
I loved the vibrancy of Manchester and how the University was built around the culture and values of Manchester.