Magdalena Korczak

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Since graduating in 2005 from BA Sociology, Magdalena Korczak has worked as an assistant at the Guardian and Observer newspapers, studied for a masters in European Studies and International Relations in Poland and Sweden, worked for a variety of public sector organisations including the British Council and the Chevening Scholarship Secretariat, the flagship scholarship programme of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and carried out due diligence research for the Tate Galleries; and these are just to list a few. She is currently on the path of becoming Criminal defence solicitor-advocate as she just recently completed her GDL and LPC.

 

It is a course of study which does not limit your employment prospects but rather increases them.


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

Life being as it was at 17/18, I did not manage to attain the A Levels necessary to go on to study law. So it was through the clearing system that I opted for sociology at the University of Leicester. My A Levels included Politics and Economics so studying another social science seemed a good idea. I had visited Leicester with my brother the previous year on our university tours around the UK and fell in love with it, especially the halls of residence in Oadby! As he did, since he also spent his formative years at the university and graduated in Politics the year before me.

How has studying Sociology influenced your career choice?

Immensely! Not being a conventional person my career path to date has been somewhat varied. Since graduating I can boast to having visited 32 countries and having met people from over 80 and counting.

I am on the path to becoming a solicitor-advocate in criminal law and it is having studied sociology that will lead to my success in this field. I can declare that with the utmost confidence because whilst sitting in the public galleries of the Crown and Magistrates' Courts I regularly observe with frustration the lack of perception, understanding and cultural insight into human and group behaviour that just seems too obvious not to articulate to a jury at trial.

It is through the study of sociology and the research and observational skills picked up during my time on the course that will help to inform my particular brand of advocacy.
Criminal law, like sociology is about people.

How has Sociology shaped your view of everyday life?

It has truly opened my eyes to the ways societies function and created a more balanced view of the world. It allows me to be respectful to different groups' beliefs and practices and it has also allowed me to get on with a variety of different people from peers to young offenders and everyone in between!

What advice would you give to anyone considering studying Sociology?

When people meet me and discover that I studied sociology as my first degree, they seem a little surprised. They seem surprised because in their minds sociology is uncool or not a real degree or incorrectly believe that I would have studied something a little more...traditional (whatever that is). And yet sociologists are some of the brightest, most interesting and most insightful people I know. We can sit back, observe the scenes in front of us and tell you accurately what is happening and why because we learn to observe, we learn to see and we learn to focus our attention on human group behaviour. We make it our business to be interested in people.

Employability appears to be all the rage in universities these days so in terms of career paths that sociologists can take on graduation, your ambitions are your only limits. I've worked in journalism, international cultural relations, universities, taught English as a foreign language and a lot more before settling on law. Anything that I have wanted to do, I have done.

Fellow sociologist friends have pursued careers in academia, teaching, accounting, journalism, publishing, consumer, political and social research, in the public sector and beyond. It is a course of study which does not limit your employment prospects but rather increases them.

I would advise that if you dream of being sedentarily fixed to a computer screen for the rest of your working life, then sociology is perhaps not the best degree to choose at this point.

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