Three questions on careers
Our alumni answer three simple questions
MA International Relations
"At Exeter I always felt encouraged to develop my research, analytical, problem-solving and communication skills while also accentuating the importance of networking."
BA Arabic and Middle East Studies
"I was able to get better and better opportunities because of the experiences I had built up at Exeter."
Ben Chester Cheong
"The legal skills, the research methodology and the independent learning skills which I acquired at Exeter in the process of completing my dissertation prepared me tremendously for the LL.M. at Cambridge."
"I think there are two broad categories where having studied philosophy has informed my career decisions: working with ideas and working with people."
"It’s a bit of a student cliche but nothing prepares you for the working world quite like having to produce decent work in a short space of time."
“Be assured that you have graduated from an amazing University with a strong degree, which makes you an attractive candidate. If you are proactive and resilient you will achieve what you set out to do.”
"Studying Law at Exeter provided the basis, in terms of skills and knowledge, from which I built my career plans. I threw myself in to mooting in my first year and really enjoyed developing the eye for detail needed to properly prepare for a hearing followed by the thrill of oral argument on my feet."
As a Barrister, I use the knowledge from my Law LLB every day. Although I am still extremely junior at the Bar, I have loved every moment so far (even the regular long hours). The flexibility, autonomy and intellectual challenges that the Bar offers are unparalleled.
BA Combined Honours Politics and Spanish
I found investing time in extra-curricular activities hugely valuable while I was at Exeter, and I am sure they will have helped to differentiate me from other candidates during the application and interview processes. There is so much on offer to choose from, and you never know where it might lead you.
BA Philosophy and Political Economy
My current position is a Senior Caseworker for Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. The subjects I studied were relevant in helping me to secure my position, that I did a multi-discipline degree has been an advantage, as those who have done pure politics degrees are often not so versed in the sort of useful critical thinking skills that are often taught in philosophy modules.
I am currently a Secondary School teacher at a school in Wiltshire. The academic rigour required to succeed in any degree discipline is useful in supporting my students essay writing skills and exam technique.
BA (Hons) International Relations & French
I stayed on to study an MA in Applied Security Strategy at the Strategy & Security Institute and now work in Justice, Security & Peacebuilding at an international development consultancy.