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Life beyond PAIS

Simran Thakral
Simran Thakral | Politics with International Studies (PAIS) Contact Simran

I did a blog post a while ago regarding job applications and the pressure that comes with being surrounded by banking oriented students at Warwick. Obviously, these are great careers to go into but I wanted to show that there is a lot more you could do beyond the standard roles that everyone seems to be applying to. You just have to think outside of the box a little and do what works for you.

I have already mentioned my plans after graduation in the previous blog post so for this blog post I decided to interview a couple of my finalist friends doing either PAIS/EPAIS/PPE about what life after university holds in store for them:

1.Priyanka Kumar, PPE, JET Program

What does your role in the JET program involve?

My role in the JET program involves working as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) to a Japanese teacher of English in a local Japanese school. As well as teaching English, I will also be able to shape internationalisation at the grassroots level and act as a cultural ambassador in Japan.

Why did you choose it?

I am fascinated about different cultures and ways of life. I am also interested in pursuing a career in international relations and the Foreign Service. The JET programme not only allows me to learn Japanese and Japanese culture, but also offers me the chance to promote internationalisation and make a difference in the local community.

How (if at all) does your degree and or society work help you in your role?

I have developed a lot of skills through society work at university. As Co-President of Warwick Travel Society, I learnt how to manage and lead a team effectively. I built up my public speaking skills through Warwick’s Public Speaking Society and also learnt how to communicate effectively with various stakeholders within a social enterprise team in ENACTUS Warwick. Furthermore, I gained crucial overseas volunteering experience through AIESEC’s global exchange programme during the summer. My degree (PPE) also has a very international focus, and I was able to focus exclusively on East Asian politics in my final year of university – useful context for living in an East Asian country such as Japan.

2. Anuradha Roy, PAIS, Teach First

What does your role in Teach First involve?

My role at Teach First is working as an ambassador to help students improve their performance at school, especially students from a low social mobility background.

Why did you choose it?

I picked it because I already enjoy the process of working with students who wouldn’t usually consider university. Through my role as an SPT ambassador for the university, I helped year 9 students at Whitley grow more confident about their future and plan out how to go to university.

How (if at all) does your degree and or society work help you in your role?

Being a PAIS student helps for the planning part of it, our degree involves breaking your academics into modules that individually count towards your entire grade – and that required personal initiative to plan and do well, I applied the same thing for this- where I took requirements of the role bit by bit and planned it out so I was well prepared.

3. Sonali Gidwani, PPE, Deloitte

What does your role in Deloitte involve?

I’ll be in the human capital consulting service line at Deloitte. I’ll be focusing on what is called Programme Leadership – its project management for Deloitte’s clients looking to change and improve their HR, this might involve helping retain talented employees after merging companies, changing a recruitment strategy, letting companies know how they can use technology to improve productivity and changing the workplace in general so that employees and employers are happy and productivity is at a good level.

Why did you choose it?

I’ll be honest and say that I’m still not sure why I chose to apply or how it relates to my degree. I will try to guess though. I’d say what influenced me to apply was going to a lot of careers fairs and being influenced to speak to companies like Deloitte because of word of mouth, and because they sponsored societies relating to PPE. Furthermore, I did hear that a lot of PPEists do end up working at Big Four firms for some time, especially in consulting.

Whilst researching for the role, I came across their “Milennial Survey”, and I feel that is what convinced me to apply in the first place; they seemed concerned about researching what it means to be a milennial in the workforce today and how we will change it. I felt moved to be part of the change they were trying to implement. Deloitte is also a market leader in human capital consulting and in consulting as a whole- they’re the biggest of the Big Four. And yet, their working culture seems to be really friendly, as I got to know from the interview. They’re very good for gender and racial inequality and seem to put a lot of effort into welcoming and training new grads. That’s what prompted me to apply.

How (if at all) does your degree and or society work help you in your role?

My broad PPE course and the variety of societies and start-ups I was involved in helped in thinking about different problems I was presented with in my application and in my first and second round interviews. Also, human capital is about dealing with people, so as a team leader and president in a lot of my society roles I had to work with people. I was also involved in recruiting people to teams and, in a way, trying to help them grow. I can only hope that I was able to help people grow and I would like to do that in my next job.

Simran Thakral
Simran Thakral | Politics with International Studies (PAIS) Contact Simran

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