Discovering what others did after their studies at King’s is a great way to learn more about the process of decision making, specific career routes in your degrees and what it was like for King’s Alumni to step into the world of work. On our Keats pages, we have a great collection of Alumni Case Studies.
What are you doing now?
“I’m currently a PhD student writing up my thesis at SOAS on Near and Middle Eastern Studies and History. It has been a really interesting time, as I look at the migration of people, the effects of that, the movement and study of medicine and illnesses that come with that, that has been happening since before the year 1000 A.D/ C.E. Especially now given the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic.”
Is the job what you expected?
“I love my topic and the research – it is why I chose it. I am surprised at the demand for how many other sectors I can get into. But it is one of those things that as soon as this is finished, I’m going to have to hit the ground running in order to crack the job market.
But there are positions at university too, even before you qualify to teach that are specifically for PhD students – like applications advisor which I was last year until I used that to then find a job at the KCL Careers department whilst I’m writing up.”
How did you get there? What made you focus on this career?
I always wanted to see how far I could go in academia, and I knew I wasn’t done after my MA. I had doubts, and the competitiveness did mean that I was nervous to apply. But now that I am in it, there is a lot of support from my supervisors which I am super grateful for.”
Want to know what other students went to do after their time at King’s? Discover our Alumni Case Studies page on Keats and click to show students from your degree topics or your chosen sectors!
What barriers did you overcome?
“I was the youngest person doing a PhD in my year group as I went straight from my BA, to my MA to my PhD. There was an adjustment period to this that did take some getting used to.”
Do you have any tips for students thinking about going into a humanities PhD?