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Marija Smigelskyte

Media, Communication and Sociology BSc (Hons)

I was inspired by my placement and I believe I will be applying for the kind of job I was doing there.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

After doing a lot of research I have come to decide that City is one of the best universities in London, especially for social sciences. It was an obvious choice with a great choice of courses, wonderful reviews and a perfect location just in the heart of the City.  Also, the offer holders' day introduced me to the course and fellow students and gave me more and more reasons to join this great group of enthusiastic people!

Why did you choose the ‘with QM’ pathway?

In my opinion, Q-step programme was designed for students to gain essential employability skills. The practical skills learnt in classes teaches students how to use the tools of data analysis, leaving students with both qualitative and quantitative research skills. Also, work placement is an opportunity like no other, especially in today's market, where work experience is valued very highly. Bonus: it is your module and part of degree and you do not need to do it in your own time! I believe that all these skills will give students an advantage in job markets, due to having a high variety of skills and work experience at respectable organisations.

Which QM placement organisation did you go to and what did you do there?

I have worked at National Centre of Social Research (NatCen), who work on one of the largest surveys in the UK. I have worked on the 2014 Mental Health Comorbidity survey for NHS. I have learnt many new skills in just a few days, such as writing syntax commands to compute, recode and de-bug variables. These skills are priceless for me as I believe they will help me significantly with next year's dissertation.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I mostly enjoy my work placement and all the support we get as Q-Step students. Matt and Rachel are always there to advise us and make sure everything is running smoothly!

What has been your favourite module and why?

I've really enjoyed "Visualising Society" this semester. We are learning how to use one of the most common software used today - Tableau. It is great to learn how to represent data in various ways as well as having a perspective of several software this can be done with. Last year my favourite module was "Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics", because it has made us think more critically of the data we are being represented and in a way, think outside the box.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

I believe that the highlight of my course was being accepted to join the "with QM" pathway. It is a really exciting opportunity our future social scientists should not miss!

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City Sociology ‘with QM’ student, what would it be?

Be confident and sieze every opportunity! There is loads of help and support there for you and there is absolutely nothing you cannot do.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I was inspired by my placement and I believe I will be applying for the kind of job I was doing there. If needed, I will try and expand my knowledge with postgraduate courses in statistics.