Dr Asiyah Kumpoh

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Dr. Asiyah Kumpoh was a Sociology PhD student at the University of Leicester who graduated in 2012. She is currently a lecturer at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

It was an engaging and dynamic experience.



Why did you choose to study Sociology at the University of Leicester?

I was offered a place to do a doctoral degree in Sociology, based on the PhD proposal I submitted to the University of Leicester. The proposal was meant for an academic staff at the School of Education but instead it was passed to Sociology Department where I was offered supervision. I was truly grateful for the decision made as I had a rather disciplined but wonderful supervisor. This defines the engaging and dynamic experience I had at the University of Leicester.

How has studying Sociology influenced your career choice?

I was a lecturer before I left for my PhD. I still have the same academic career but with much stronger communication, research and interpersonal skills. It proved to be advantageous especially now that I am holding an administrative position as Deputy Dean at the Faculty I am currently affiliated to.

How has Sociology shaped your view of everyday life?

I developed a higher critical and reflective thinking with sensitivity to, and awareness of social and cultural contexts. This really helps me to adjust to situations especially when I am in an unfamiliar environment, culture, country etc.

What advice would you give to anyone considering studying Sociology?

Studying sociology will definitely make the individual a better person with a solid understanding of who he/she is as a person and acknowledge the critical importance of fundamental societal issues such as marriage, employment, inequality in many forms etc. The global perspective he/she will develop from studying Sociology defines the relevance of his/her knowledge to the world today. In addition, the soft skills the individual will gain from studying Sociology are relevant to a wide range of careers and thus he/she will have a good foundation for either a natural transition to a higher level of academic study or to find a career.

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