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Katherine Bragg

Career Path: Graduate Intern, Intercare - Medical Aid for Africa
Location: Leicester, UK

I am from Leicester and wish to dedicate my career to international development as I feel it gives you the chance to make a fundamental difference to the lives of people now and in the future. I find the practical challenge of creating opportunities and a better standard of life for those who are less fortune appealing and rewarding.

In order to gain a position in international development I have so far focused heavily on international based modules as part of my degree, learnt basic Spanish to improve my communication skills and have volunteered at a charity which aims to alleviate child poverty through the role of education in Africa.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

The staff at Northumbria are specialists in a wide variety of areas which has provided me with personal insights into differing aspects of international development. They have also provided me with contacts through their own personal networks.

What was the best thing about your course?

It was engaging, relevant and taught you to think with a critical and open mind. My course was assessed using a variety of assessment techniques, deadlines were well thought out and staff were passionate, well experienced and quick to respond to queries or issues.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

Darryl Humble - He is passionate about what he teaches! His ability to contextualise issues and theories, and articulate the answers to questions in a clear and well informed manor made for engaging lectures and seminars. However other staff within the department were also very inspiring including Matt Baillie Smith, Katy Jenkins, Steve Taylor, Gill Gillespie and Ishan Ashutosh.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting a great variety of people who were open minded and eager to learn.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Definitely study here!! Newcastle is an amazing city to be a student in! Great shopping, food and a huge variety of bars and clubs! The university are careful and considerate about who they place you with in halls and the Students' Union try their up most to represent the wishes of the students. The library has 24/7 access and has just installed more computers which is great for preparing and completing assignments. The staff are also supportive and deliver lectures well.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Fun, inspiring and fulfilling.

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