Bethany Sutill, BA MA (2007-2012)

Bethany SuttillHaving really enjoyed my undergraduate degree in History at Leicester I decided to stay on and do an MA in Urban History. The course confirmed my interest in research and strengthened my resolve to want to stay in academia.
After completing my MA I got a place on the Leicester Graduate Internship Programme which is run by the careers service at the university. Through this scheme I worked as an Educational Research Intern on the 'Opening Doors' project being run by the School of Education and Centre for Labour Market Studies looking at Access students’ learning transitions. My role included carrying out a literature review, helping to develop the research design and methodology for the study, and conducting fieldwork for the project, interviewing both Access students and their tutors.

In October 2012 I started a PhD and Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the School of Management. I am researching youth unemployment in Leicester, with a focus on the identities of young people who are not in education, employment or training.
The MA was a really good basis for me. The research and analytical skills I developed on the course were invaluable and really helped me in my role as a Research Intern and as a current PhD student. The modules I did during my Masters degree also gave me a flavour of different subject areas. For example, during the Historical Research Methods module I found myself writing an essay on John Stuart Mill and learning about economics, while in the Vices and Virtues module we learnt a lot of different sociological theory.  This knowledge helped me and eased the transition from studying History to teaching and researching in the School of Management. I was surprised at how easily I could adapt what I had learnt to a different discipline.

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