MA European Studies, 2014
From Aberdeen to… Clean Energy Transition
Your Time at Aberdeen
Why did you choose to study at Aberdeen?
After spending a year in Finland at the age of 16, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. The University of Aberdeen was the only university in Scotland offering European Studies at the time. I was also able to do French and Spanish with no previous experience which gave me a lot flexibility.
Why did you choose your particular course?
I chose European Studies because of how broad it was. I got exposure to environmental studies, politics, IR, European law, sociology, and European languages which allowed me to explore my interests and ultimately led me to what I do now.
If while at Aberdeen you took part in a foreign exchange, e.g. Erasmus or Study Abroad, where did you go and what did you do?
As part of my degree, I spent a year in Grenoble, France, with Erasmus.
What did you most enjoy about your time at Aberdeen? Did you have any particularly memorable student experiences?
I always say that Aberdeen is a perfect city for students – not too big and not too small. I have so many great memories that it is hard to choose one, but they all have one thing in common – amazing people. Freshers’ year in Hillhead, dinner parties, Kilau, Exodus, watching dolphins on the beach, the very very cold North Sea… the list continues!
If talking to a group of prospective students, what advice would you give them to help them make the most of their time at the University of Aberdeen?
Build a strong circle of friends around you as not only will they be there to support you through good times and bad times during your studies but they are likely to become your family for many years to come after graduating.
And get involved! There are so many opportunities within and outside the University, from volunteering and engaging with student clubs, to holding a part-time job and gaining experience abroad. It’s a great way to meet new people and also enhances your CV. And don’t forget about the Careers Service – they are great!
Your Time After Aberdeen
What was the title of your first job after graduating from Aberdeen?
I was a Project Officer at the University of Aberdeen and University of Stirling as part of the Ambitious Futures graduate programme. This then led to an Alumni Engagement Coordinator role with the University of Aberdeen Alumni Relations team.
What did your first role involve?
I did three different placements. My first one was in Aberdeen with the Development Trust; I then went to Stirling to join their Academic Development team. Finally I came back to Aberdeen to run a project in the Careers Service team. I was responsible for managing different projects, including the University of Aberdeen Leadership Academy and a conference in Stirling.
What is your current job title?
RE100 Engagement Manager at Climate Group.
What is your current role?
RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable electricity. In my role, I lead on our global engagement strategy and activities, run different projects, and manage relationships with RE100 members.
Was your degree at Aberdeen essential for getting to where you are now? If so, in what way?
My degree was essential to take part in the Ambitious Futures scheme which allowed me to build my skills and experience in a professional environment. I think that because my degree was so flexible and I was able to spend a year abroad, it made me more resilient and adaptable.
One Top Tip
Nothing is constant but change – embrace it.