Alumni Profile: Juweria Ali
My name is Juweria, I am 23 years old and I am passionate about travelling, reading, human rights and social justice. I did my undergraduate degree in English Literature at The University of Birmingham, I was then fortunate enough to be awarded the Birmingham Masters scholarship which enabled me to apply for the MSc in Global Cooperation and Security at the ICCS.
What aspects of the course did you most enjoy?
First of all, I absolutely enjoyed the entire course. I particularly enjoyed the unique 5 day training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' and the summer research placements at the ICCS. One of the really interesting things about this masters programme was that we were taught by internationally recognised academics, we also had experts and practitioners on the topics we were studying come in and actually lead our seminars; for instance, Jamie Shea (Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges) from NATO. Moreover, I had the opportunity to serve on the Emerging Security Challenges Committee at the 31st Annual Model NATO conference in Washington, D.C. which was a very memorable experience.
What are you doing now?
Right now I am preparing to move to London in preparation for starting my PhD in Politics and International Relations starting in September 2017.
How has the degree helped in your career so far?
Having this masters degree has opened many doors for me: with it I was able to gain a fully funded studentship award. Working as a Research Assistant on The Psychology in Grey Zone conflicts project equipped me with invaluable skills necessary for conducting academic research. In fact, having this sort of specific experience was something I was asked about at my PhD interview as it was deemed essential. On top of everything else, the ICCS offered a friendly and supportive environment that helped us with the transition from university to the next steps of our careers, from offering advice and support to organising tailored career and networking events. For me, it was through regularly talking to academics at the ICCS that I was able to navigate the PhD application process and plan ahead.
Where do you hope to be in five years' time?
In 5 years’ time I hope to be a Postdoctoral researcher or engaged in some form of academic work.