Emily Boyle

Country: Switzerland
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: MSc Student
Subject of study: Politics and International Relations with Study Abroad
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

London School of Economics

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since graduating, I took a year out to gain work experience. I had an internship at Human Rights Watch and the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In parallel, I have made two documentaries, one on menstrual poverty, and another on youth activists at COP28 in Dubai. Since September I have been studying for an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I must admit, I have not yet settled on a particular career path. At the moment, I am just enjoying trying as many things as possible and learning as much as I can on the way. What I enjoyed most about my UN internship was the pressured environment and the feeling of being in the middle of things. When I make my documentaries, I enjoy finding a middle ground between my academic habits and practical story telling.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of many sports societies. Shinty, Football, Five a side, Swimming, Surf soc and was part of the politics society in my second year.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I most enjoyed the contact hours with our professors and the small class sizes which produced engaging discussions and a fantastic learning environment.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I think the combination between the location of the campus and the academic standards is quite unique on Penryn campus, and something I look back on fondly.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study at Exeter for the modules offered on the course, the smaller class sizes and for the Cornish outdoors.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

To be bold (politely), ask people for coffee to learn from their careers, take notes, ask to be put in touch. People are always keen to help politely ambitious young people.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Not sure I can answer this question yet, but just in general be bold, curious and try to learn from as many people as you can.

What are your plans for the future?

Still figuring this one out and enjoying the process.


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