Graduate views: Ekta Datta
- Graduated 2012: BSc Criminology and Sociology
- Project Co-ordinator for UCLH; Masters student at LSE studying Criminal Justice Policy.
Can you tell us a bit about what you're doing now?
I am working as a project co-ordinator for University College London Hospitals while studying for an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy at the LSE.
Why did you choose Sociology at City?
The research I had done on City showed me that City was lively, in a great place in London and known as one of the best universities for graduate employability. I had been told by a friend that it was a great place for networking. I have always had a passion for Sociology so choosing it as a degree pathway wasn't a hard decision to make.
Where did your interest in Criminology come from?
Studying Sociology at A level really opened my eyes to the different perspectives of an issue. At City I started off studying Sociology and after the first year I changed to Criminology and Sociology, which meant that I could pick more Criminology topics later on. I learnt that Criminology is my passion and it is the area in which I want to make a career.
Were there any lecturers who really inspired you?
Yes, Dr Chris Greer, Professor Eugene McLaughlin, Dr Carrie-Anne Myers and Rashid Aziz, who was a PhD student and part-time tutor. They are all Criminology lecturers with their own fields of study and each ignited a different criminology-related passion in me, inspiring me to become a successful criminologist.
Eugene was my dissertation supervisor, Rashid inspired me to do a Masters, Carrie's module helped me decide on my dissertation topic and it was thanks to Chris that I had the opportunity to study abroad in New Jersey during my second year.
What was your favourite topic or module?
There are two: Gender, Crime & Justice, which explored issues around gender differences in crime and sanctions as well as sensitive issues such as domestic violence and male victims of rape. And Media, Crime & Criminal Justice, which was particularly interesting as it explored the power of the media and its influence on criminal justice policies. I also had the opportunity to do a crime news analysis which looked at a sensationalised topic and how it was presented in the media using criminological explanations.
What are your longer-term career plans?
I want a career in criminology and criminal justice, either in the police force or law.
I am currently studying for a Masters in Criminal Justice Policy at LSE and I can honestly say, as hard as the course is, it's thanks to City that I already have the valuable skills needed to be able to complete it.
I found my passion, and had the privilege of being taught by some amazing lecturers, which has helped me to decide on my career path.