A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I worked at the University of Bath for two years before studying a second master’s in Applied Economics in India. I have since been working for six years in London, and for the Inter-Governmental Commonwealth on local government issues; all while undertaking my PhD at UoB part-time.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

Analytical skills, critical writing, and networking.

Main work activities in your current role

I oversee knowledge engagement for the local government sector in the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

A typical day in your job

My typical job involves engaging with the programme team in the London Secretariat, as well as across our regional offices. I usually edit a paper we have commissioned for our open access peer-reviewed journal, and then take part in a policy meeting, after which I meet with a friend for lunch.

Main challenges in your role

I have to keep on top of political developments in 53 countries.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

Having studied in India, I was keen to develop and build on a South Asian expertise while not restricting myself to one region in particular.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Networking is super important. Keep in touch with your old classmates and network through the development organisation you are assigned during your dissertation, or that you have applied to for either internships and volunteering.