Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Defence
I joined PAIS in 2007 on the MA in International Relations programme having developed an interest in East Asia during my BA in History, also at Warwick. For me, the greatest attraction of the department is the diversity of students who pursue postgraduate studies. Studying alongside coursemates from a variety of nationalities and life experiences made every seminar feel like a multilateral forum in which I could learn from a multitude of perspectives. Since graduating, I remain in regular contact with several of my peers who are now following fascinating careers across the globe.
During my Masters year I particularly enjoyed the course International Relations of the Asia-Pacific taught by Professor Chris Hughes. It was his example and the quality of Asia-related research within PAIS which encouraged me to apply for the East Asia Postgraduate Fellowship and complete a doctorate from the Department. Throughout my research, PAIS was enormously supportive and the University’s stellar reputation proved invaluable during my fieldwork in Japan, India and the United States when seeking interviews with high-level academics and bureaucrats.
Since completing my PhD, I lived in Tokyo on a Daiwa Scholarship through the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, which includes intensive Japanese language training, homestay and work placement. I had the opportunity to work in the Japanese Diet (Parliament), British Embassy, Tokyo and a leading think tank, the Tokyo Foundation, to continue my research.
I'm currently a Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Defence, which I am really enjoying. Roles change fast in the civil service, but for now, I'm on the Fast Stream on a Defence and Security option within the scheme. If you are looking for an international education in political affairs, I highly recommend PAIS.