International – Study, Experience and Languages

Hi,

I’m April, a current MSc student studying China and Globalisation in the Lau China Institute. I’m going to say a few words about studying abroad.

Studying Abroad
Although the duration of most of the master’s programmes is only one year, that does not mean options are limited. Thanks to King’s official connections to many international partner universities, international internship and exchange programmes, as well as the informal ties formed by King’s internationally diverse student and alumni communities, King’s postgraduate students will have many valuable opportunities to gain international experience during their time at King’s.

There are many international partner universities for master’s courses such as the following:

• University of Hong Kong (HKU)

• National University of Singapore (NUS)

• University of Stuttgart, Germany

• University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

• University of Adelaide, Australia

Career Opportunities- Young China Watchers
The Young China Watchers (YCW) was first established in 2010, Beijing, and has evolved to be a leading international organisation that focuses on emerging and pressing issues concerning China. YCW attracts professionals who specialise in China-related areas including policy-making, businesses, economic and social issues.

Lau China Institute is one of the five global partners with YCW and has regularly invited King’s students to public lectures and talks with academics and professionals coming from different international backgrounds in China-relevant areas. The most recent example is ‘Can businesses and governments continue to rely on China to drive global growth and development?’ with speakers from Barclays Investment Solution, EY, Haitong Securities and the University of Oxford that cover a wide range of expertise.

YCW also offers a mentorship programme at the beginning of the course, which I would strongly recommend you to apply for, in order to get the most out of your degree. The programme connects King’s graduate and postgraduate students with an interest in entering a China-related career. Each mentee will be linked to their own mentor according to their career interests. The mentors are drawn from the London network and are experienced China-professionals from a variety of fields, such as finance, policy, business, journalism, technology, and research.

During the Programme, mentees will consult with mentors about their career inspirations and learn job-hunting techniques. Meetings will be both on a one-on-one basis, as well as with the broader cohort. This is a valuable opportunity for you to build up personal networks and friendships that will be helpful to obtain skills and accumulate connections to contribute to your future career planning.

Modern Language Centre
Many of my classmates are learning Mandarin to further boost their competitiveness for a China-related career, so if you’re also interested in learning the language, King’s Modern Language Centre offers postgraduate-only free languages classes.  See the options available to postgraduate students here.

Best wishes,

April

Global opportunities

Hi, I’m Laurel and I’m a postgraduate student studying Emerging Economies and International Development at King’s.

One thing that I have enjoyed about being at King’s is how connected it is to international opportunities. While the one-year program is quick, as a postgraduate student you may be able to pursue fieldwork or part-time internships abroad if you are interested in doing so. Your summer term will be primarily focused on writing your dissertation, but these opportunities can be a great complement to your studies.

There are many ways to find out about the different opportunities available to you, some of which include:

  • Global Summer Exchanges: King’s global summer exchange program allows students to participate in short-term study abroad experiences. These exchanges occur over the summer term and last for a few weeks. During these exchanges you will take a module at a partner university, such as University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, or University of Oslo. This can be a great option if you find a module that aligns with the subject of your dissertation!
  • CareerConnect: The King’s CareerConnect website offers many opportunities for students to find international internships and volunteer roles. Through the online platform you can find roles such as volunteering in Tanzania for an education program or assisting with WASH programs in India.
  • Self-Sourced: Is there an organisation you are passionate about? What about any contacts or connections at NGOs in a different country? If so, you might be able to secure your own internship or field work opportunity. I was able to do this based on some connections I had made by volunteering to support a KCL association called the Universities Against Modern Slavery Alliance. Through the contacts I had met there, I was able to undertake a 10-hour internship over this summer that directly relates to the subject that I will be focusing on for my dissertation. You can also self-seek out opportunities by reaching out to organisations you know of and applying through their own channels. If you do go about the self-sourced route, you can register your internship with King’s and receive additional support such as mentoring, networking, and funding opportunities.
  • The Department Newsletters: Sometimes the Department will share opportunities that have been passed on directly to them. These are typically lesser-advertised roles, which means that you may have a better chance of receiving them! These roles are quite varied. I’ve seen some that include assisting with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, acting as a writer for UK government parliamentary seminars, and supporting the research of lecturers within the department.
  • The London International Development Centre (LIDC): King’s is a part of the LIDC, an alliance of universities working together to promote international development from around the world. Through their website, you can find out about numerous internships that may be relevant to your studies.

If you’re interested in pursuing international opportunities, you should definitely do so! Experience is crucial to further develop your studies, cement your learning, and gain exposure to the intricacies of international development work. I wish you the best of luck as you make the most of your time at King’s!

 

Laurel

Exploring Career Options within Global Health & Social Medicine

Hello,

I am Katrina – a current Bioethics & Society postgraduate within the department of Global Health & Social Medicine (GHSM). The GHSM department is dedicated to looking at global health and medical issues from a social science perspective. There are many careers available that concern health, social or environmental policy. Individuals graduating from the GHSM department have opportunities within many different sectors:

Government
GHSM graduates could work within the government on a national or international (intergovernmental level). For example, within the likes of the United Nations (UN), working on international peace relations, or the World Health Organisation (WHO), a specialised agency within the U.N.focusing on policy within international public health.

Charities
There are numerous charities/non-profit organisations known as non-governmental organisations (NGOs). An example is the Wellcome Trust, which is a biomedical and healthcare research charity based in London, focusing on the ethical and social aspects of such research.

Think Tanks
Think tanks influence policy making. They can be on subjects on a national or global scale. However, they often dedicate their research and ideas to a specific area. Here are some examples of think tanks:
PHG Foundation – focuses on health policy and within that, how health technologies and genomics can better affect personalised healthcare.
Chatham House – specialises in a variety of current international areas, such as Brexit, climate policy and the Syrian conflict.

Start-Ups
If you wish to go into business while utilising GHSM skills, working for a startup is a good option, as they are often the epicentres for development, ideas and growth within a particular area of interest. An example of this can be seen in the company Genomics PLC which began as a startup. They built what they say is the ‘world’s largest genomic database’ from data obtained from researchers as well as individuals. They focus on research from algorithms, helping to further research in precision medicine.

Conclusion
The above are just some of the examples of likely career directions for those within the GHSM department. Whether you are more inclined to work within the government (national or intergovernmental) or for an NGO such as in a non-profit or start-up, there are many different ways for you to work within an area which interests you. If you are unsure about what area to go into, try and get an internship in one of these sectors to explore and discover what your niche is within GHSM.