Alumni Profile: Brittany Atkinson
I am originally from North Carolina (U.S.) and was awarded a Rotary Global Grant and UoB USA Alumni Scholarship to study on the MSc Global Cooperation and Security course. Prior to taking up the course, I had studied economics and international business at the undergraduate level and completed an MBA with a concentration in econometrics. After working for a couple of years for the state of North Carolina, I decided I wanted to make a career change to focus more on national security and international relations. I am lucky to have a very supportive husband, so we both uprooted and moved to the U.K. with our dog for a year-and-a-half so I could pursue my dream.
What aspects of the course did you enjoy?
The course was all around excellent. I particularly enjoyed the five-day training programme, opportunity to complete a work placement, and the module diversity. Studying in the U.K. differs quite a bit from the U.S. I found that I prefer the self-led research and class-led discussion style offered in the modules compared to my previous masters.
What are you doing now?
I am currently a Graduate Fellow with the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. I work in the office of Defense and Major Modernization Programs, which falls under the perview of both the Department of Energy and Department of Defense.
How has the degree helped in your career so far?
The degree has helped me make a major career change. Prior to studying at UoB, I was an auditor and program manager with the state of North Carolina. Following the degree, I am now pursuing a career that I am passionate about in national security.
Where do you hope to be in five years' time?
I hope to continue working in a role contributing to U.S. national security, and ideally would welcome the opportunity to take on an overseas posting.