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Boost your knowledge with a work placement

Stina Johansson, a Master’s student in Global Studies, took the opportunity to spend two months working as a research assistant and now shares her experiences from her work placement. This experience was made possible through the course ‘Qualified Work Placement with Global Studies' Perspective’ (15hp), part of the Master’s Programme in Global Studies.

- During my work placement, I worked as a research assistant to Per Knutsson, Senior Lecturer at the School of Global Studies. I was involved in CARMA, a research project studying the effects of climate change and rapid socio-economic changes and how this relates to consumption of toxic sea food in an urban area on the Indian west coast. My tasks were to assist in analysis of quantitative data and help prepare the model for risk assessment. I also prepared and managed the documentation of the workshop in Mangalore, as well as preformed a limited literature review. All tasks were fun but challenging, and working with in-depth quantitative data in Excel was something completely new to me. An interesting experience that will be useful to me in my future working life.

Stina spent the first month of her work placement at the offices of the School of Global Studies, where she met various staff and got to experience everyday working life at the university.

- During this time I attended meetings and seminars, as well as joined in on informal coffee-breaks with researchers and lecturers. I really enjoyed this as it provided me with valuable insights into the academic world and everyday working life of researchers, lecturers, PhD students or administrative staff working at the university.

Her work as a research assistant also brought her all the way to Mangalore in India, where she participated in the workshop together with the international, inter-disciplinary research team.

- This was the most exciting part of my work placement. The purpose of our visit was to summarize and present the project, CARMA, during a workshop called ‘Human health and well-being at risk: microbial blooms, climate change and urbanization in Mangalore’. At the workshop I also presented the parts I had contributed to. Throughout this task, I learned many new things relating to global studies and social environmental studies. For example, methods and practices used by researchers and how to professionally work in a new culture, in this case India.

Work placements can be a fun and valuable experience. Students get new insights into various fields as well as useful knowledge for future working life.

- I have no regrets about doing a qualified work placement! Working in an environment close to the field of Global Studies was a fantastic experience. My recommendation to other students: DO IT! Take the opportunity to do a work placement. Also, try to make an effort finding a placement in a field that really interests you. In my case, the opportunity to go to India also allowed me to extend my visit and carry out my Master’s Thesis. I was granted a Minor Field Study (MFS) scholarship, partially thanks to my local contacts and previous understanding of important issues in this urbanizing coastal area. Through the MFS scholarship I could finance an extended stay in Mangalore and spend two months performing a field study on environmental conflicts and the governing of natural resources.

Page Manager: Amie Almström|Last update: 1/25/2017
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