"It's no small exaggeration to say that my Masters in Social Research was the springboard that propelled me into a fascinating and varied career. In addition to giving a solid grounding in research technical skills and methodologies, our professors helped us develop strategic and analytic capabilities, and it is these that have been most instrumental in every role I've held since graduation.
Being trained in social research has enabled me to work across different countries, both in the charity and public sectors. I've worked on ICT for development projects in Morocco, studied the lives of people over 50 living with HIV, and explored the experiences of Muslim communities living in Europe. I spent 3 years working with the Open Society Foundations on transparency and accountability in international development, a job which gave me the opportunity to travel the world and meet inspiring activists. I now work for the UK government as a policy adviser on climate change – a role that's both incredibly rewarding and challenging. I develop policies that enable the UK to adapt to, and mitigate against, climate change. I also work on open government and open data issues, finding ways in which to make the UK government more transparent and accountable to its citizens.
None of this would have been possible without the training and knowledge I received from my time at Goldsmiths, and I've always recommended it as a wonderful place to study. If you are interested in the social world, want to learn how to think critically and solve complex problems, then Goldsmiths is the place for you.