Sociology and Community History, 2011
Gemma told us about her experiences during her third year at university
Can you describe whether your ambitions are changing as a result of studying at the University of Brighton in Hastings, and how?
When I first began studying at university I didn't have a specific career path in mind, and it is only now entering my third year I feel confident about the avenue I wish to pursue. My love of research has developed over the course of the degree and I am actively aiming to enter a library setting. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to volunteer at the library at the university in Hastings to help me gain an understanding of the working environment I wish to participate in.
Do you feel that you might approach your career or future differently as a result of studying here?
Studying at the University of Brighton in Hastings has helped me to build confidence and motivate me to make some important decisions about my future. The guidance and support offered by a range of staff here has encouraged me to have the ambition to aim for a job I desire in a library setting.
Were there any staff who particularly inspire you, and why?
Both academically and in a guidance and support role, Nicola Smith* has been a great inspiration throughout my degree. Nicola continues to provide opportunities for me to develop my keen interest in research, encouraging my enthusiasm and offering supportive direction.
Members of the Hastings Sociology staff (particularly James Ormrod and Neil Curry) have inspired me over the past three years with continual encouragement, support, guidance and most significantly helping me to build a trust in my own ability.
Sarah Friend has recently become an important inspiration for me in relation to career development. She has shared a wealth of knowledge and guidance regarding career opportunities in the library field. Sarah's advice has given me great direction informing me of what skills I need to develop in order to achieve a career in a library environment. Even in the current difficult economic climate with high competition for jobs, she helps me to believe that my ambition is still possible.
Do you feel that either the studying itself or the eventual degree the University of Brighton in Hastings may change your life, and why?
Upon graduation in 2011, I will be a 28 year old local Hastings girl with an honours degree in Sociology and Community History, offering a CV featuring educational achievements, life skills and work experience. This would have been impossible without the opportunities offered at the university here. Studying has changed my life.
*Dr Nicola Smith is course leader for Community History and is responsible for all the joint honours courses.