I started at Monash in 2007. I initially chose the Bachelor of Arts (Global) because I was drawn to the opportunity of going on exchange during my time as an undergraduate. I majored in International Studies and Politics, and I found that these two majors complemented each other and gave my studies a more global focus.
Going on exchange was a fantastic experience, that greatly enriched my undergraduate degree. While at Sheffield, I developed an interest in British and European politics and was able to explore these interests when I took Global Research in my third year at Monash. Global Research provided me with my first experience of research training. In this unit, you work for a full semester on one research project. I focused on British identity politics and analysed how the British Labour Party made use the concept of “Britishness” and British identity to appeal to voters.
I went on to complete Honours in Politics and at the end of what was a very challenging yet rewarding year I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in research. After graduating, I have written about my research for Crikey, the ABC and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). My articles addressed such topics as the 2011 Irish elections, devolution in the British political system and the ongoing Eurozone crisis.
I am currently employed as a Student Services Officer at the Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE) at the University of Melbourne. I work with a very diverse student cohort, including many exchange students. Although I find this work very satisfying, I am also looking forward to continuing the studies I started at Monash.
In 2013, I will be returning to the University of Sheffield to start a MA in Research Methods in Politics, a program that will allow me to continue my research training and to undertake advanced studies in Politics, with a view to progress onto a funded PhD in 2014.
To see Keshia interviewed on SBS World News:
For her most recent ABC piece: