PhD, Home Office roles and big dreams. Criminology graduate, Taylor Skevington shares her story.
My name is Taylor Skevington, I am 23 years old, I studied Criminology & Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) at University Centre South Essex from October 2017 to June 2020 and this is my story.
I took my A-Levels at Seevic College in English Language and Literature, Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology and applied for the degree straight after.
I have gone on to do a MA Criminology degree at the University of Essex and achieved a Distinction. I am now a 1st year PhD student in Criminology at Essex.
I have recently finished a part-time position as a research officer on the Understanding Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Project for the Home Office.
I was entrusted to do research for and write the literature review of the project and was also given administrative tasks for the overall project.
My PhD supervisor gave me the position as they were one of the researchers involved in the project and thought the topic was close to my own research.
The course was very interesting and unlike other courses I had seen at other universities. Also, the centre was close to home and had multiple options for travel.
The module on Personal Development was extremely helpful as it gave us tips on important skills such as writing your CV and job interviews. The work placements during the third (and last) year were also good experience for careers in the discipline.
Higher education gives you the opportunity to learn more about a subject you are passionate in and to further your personal development.
I gained valuable timekeeping and presentation skills because of the multiple types of assignments that were assigned. It also taught me skills in writing and research, especially important in further education.
My favourite memory of doing my degree was being in lectures with my peers as it was always a welcoming and fun atmosphere. Not only was my degree interesting but my lecturers were extremely supportive and constructive in their criticisms.
My aim is to become a researcher/academic in criminology/sociology.
My time at the college helped me build my confidence in my work and in communicating with others.
For more information on the Criminology and Forensic Investigation course, visit: Criminology & Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) | South Essex College