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Sangita Thapa

Career Path: Consultant, UN
Location: Nepal

I grew up in a small village and have witnessed inequality and imparity on so many levels. This inspired me to work for social justice, equality and sustainable development. My past experience consisted of development research and practice and I wanted to enhance it further by taking a course that would enrich my experience and give new skills and insight. I found the course, the city and Northumbria University befitting for the purpose.

What are you doing now?

I am working as Consultant and freelancer apart from volunteering for different organisations.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The course modules and career perspectives of the International Development programme at Northumbria were very interesting to me, besides the vibrant city, so I chose to study here.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The classroom was diverse with a combination of local and international students. The lectures and seminars were interesting with a mix of interactive group discussions and team projects. There were also guest lectures. The teaching, facilities, ambience and the experience in general was wonderful and very student focused.

How connected was your course with industry?

I found the course connected with the industry in terms of enabling the students to use their skills and knowledge to deal with some of the most pressing issues through placements at local charities, NGOs and other institutions. I worked as Research Volunteer at Comrades of Children Overseas (COCO) which is an NGO based in Newcastle. The overall learning and experience was very enriching.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

The placement has enhanced my research, writing and analytical skills but more importantly I learnt the skills of tackling issues independently. This has allowed my work to be more professional.

What was the best thing about your course?

The course has a very balanced approach with both theoretical and practical knowledge. It's focus on research and innovation is another interesting aspect.

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

Studying at Northumbria is important to me not only in terms of broader job prospects but also my future career. The knowledge, skills and experience I have gained has given confidence and enabled me to explore new possibilities in the realm.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

There are multiple skills and knowledge that I learned throughout the course but the modules I found most interesting and useful were 'development thinking' and 'management and practice in development' which gave insights of both theories and practice. The knowledge and skills these two modules gave has influenced my perception and behaviour at work.

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

I enjoyed the diversity and general ambience of the University. Also the library was one of my favourite places to go anytime.

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

You will never regret your decision to study at Northumbria.

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

Memorable, exciting and contemplative.

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