Post-university life can be a difficult period to navigate for most graduates and I was no different. After studying a degree in human geography, I decided to prolong my own difficult career path decisions by remaining at university to study a masters in cultural geography. Raymond Williams described culture as one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language, and this is probably because of it’s all encompassing nature. But studying ‘culture’ allowed me to pursue the study of various topics and the acquisition of knowledge in varied subject matter reflecting the contemporary dynamism, of the study of our relationships with the physical world, human identity and mobility.
During my studies I developed an interest in the nature of work and the labour process within the contemporary economy. This culminated in my independent thesis, which examined the changes within the labour market in the Valleys of South Wales. While applying my own methodologies to the study, I developed a number of research skills in both qualitative and quantitative data that suggested a career in the research sector. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to work for Miller Research as a graduate research analyst, it was one that I couldn’t resist!
I’m still taking time to adapt to being back home after four years in and around London, but driving through the Abergavenny countryside every morning to get to work is something that really suits me, and I’m very excited to contribute to the areas of work that Miller Research are currently involved in. The Miller Research team have been very welcoming and with their experience I am hoping to develop as a researcher and challenge myself to further my knowledge in new fields.