Laura ChieriMedia, Communication and Sociology BSc (Hons)
Going on the Q-step has been one of the best choices I have ever made. I would advise every sociology student to do so.
Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?
I chose to study at City, University of London because I found their sociology degree very interesting. I wasn't quite sure about what I wanted to study so I had to base my choice on what I am interested in. I hoped that this way studying would also be quite pleasant.
I also live in Islington during term so City was is in a convenient position. I absolutely don't regret my choice!
Why did you choose the ‘with QM’ pathway?
The main thing that convinced my to apply for the Q-step was that it offered the possibility to go on a placement. I believed this to be a great opportunity as it would allow me to improve my employability skills and to put this experience on my CV, which always looks good. I thought it would also allow me to understand if I liked that type of job or not, helping me clarify my ideas for the future.
Which QM placement organisation did you go to and what did you do there?
I went to NatCen Social Research. More specifically, I worked with the Press and Public Relations team which was great as my degree is both for Media and Sociology. For the first half of my placement I got to experience the Media Relations bit, sending in reports to journalists and writing a blog for NatCen's website. In the second half I did more Quantitative analysis working with researchers and another Q-step student from City.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
As I am extremely curious I really enjoy investigating things within society. Sociology is very contemporary and the more I feel close to something, the more I am interested in it.
What has been your favourite module and why?
That's a very hard question. Probably Contemporary Issues in Media Studies last year with professor Chris Rojek. As such an expert in media studies his lectures are extremely fascinating.
What has been a highlight of your course so far?
I think that the most important thing is that none of the modules have ever been boring and I have always learnt something new from all of them.
If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City Sociology ‘with QM’ student, what would it be?
I would tell them not to be shy and not to be afraid to work a bit harder. Even though Quantitative methods seem to be more difficult, it is not really so. It just takes a bit more effort to understand how things work, but when you do, it is extremely satisfying. I think that going on the Q-step has been one of the best choices I have ever made. And I would advise every sociology student to do so.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
First of all I will keep studying for a bit. I would like to take a Masters degree after the undergraduate degree I am currently studying for. Then I will start looking for a job. I would absolutely love to travel for work, but I still don't know exactly what I want to do.