Jemma George

BA Sociology (2008)

Birmingham is a fantastic and vibrant city. The University campus is just two stops away from the city centre so it’s brilliant if you want to explore the area. The University Main Library hosts most of the Social Sciences material and is an excellent resource for students. My fondest memories were being part of the Social Sciences Society and getting to organise events and nights out for SSS members."

Who are you currently working for and what is your job title?

Event Manager at CWC Group Ltd

Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?

At the end of school, I wasn’t too keen on going to University.  I felt I’d been a student for many years and wasn’t ready to embark on further study.  My sister encouraged me to apply to defer so I could take a gap year.  I chose Birmingham because it was among the top universities for the course I wanted to study, i.e. Sociology. The university was also campus-based and provided fantastic activities and facilities for students. After visiting the campus, I fell in love with studying again and enrolled on the course in 2005.

What are the main benefits of studying Sociology at Birmingham?

The Sociology course at Birmingham had a great variety of subjects including politics, media, gender roles, the family, multiculturalism etc. The lectures were really interesting but we also had small seminars to discuss areas in more detail and ask questions and debate the topics.

Did you find the Sociology programme at Birmingham challenging or easy?

I definitely found the course challenging – the toughest bits were regarding Sociological Theory.

How does the study of sociology continue to impact on your life / experiences?

Sociology is people, life, communities. My studies helped me to understand society as a whole, as well as how people’s different experiences of society can affect their lives.

What advice would you give to current students studying sociology.

I would recommend that students studying sociology take the Ethnic Relations module as I found it absolutely fascinating and so relevant.

Did you find the University or your degree helpful to you in getting your first job?

Whilst having a degree was essential to my first job, I found that my paid work at the Guild of Students was most helpful.  As a Representation Co-ordinator, I worked in a team responsible for the delivery of representation functions and services including Guild Council, Open Forums, elections, Guild committees, and the Student Representation System.

What are your fondest memories of the University?

Birmingham is a fantastic and vibrant city.  The University campus is just two stops away from the city centre so it’s brilliant if you want to explore the area. The University Main Library hosts most of the Social Sciences material and is an excellent resource for students. My fondest memories were being part of the Social Sciences Society and getting to organise events and nights out for SSS members.

How did you grow as a person by coming to University?

The University experience helped me togrow as a person because it gave me confidence in myself and allowed me to interact with lots of different people.

What did you think of the learning experience within the University?

The University experience gave me the ability to study alone to meet deadlines. This has been vital in my work environment. If you are enthusiastic about your course, the University will do everything it can to help you achieve your potential.

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

After finishing University, I applied for a job as an Events Assistant in London.  I really enjoyed the work but wanted to progress and work on events internationally. I applied for an Events Executive job and got it!  After working on a series of projects, I was given a promotion to Event Manager, which is what I am doing now.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

I absolutely love my job and the best thing is going onsite to the different countries and seeing the events in action.