The extensive intercultural skills and awareness I learnt during my MA program has greatly facilitated my current job

Wai Man Li
Wai Man Li
Executive Officer, The Education University of Hong Kong
Wai Man graduated from the University in 2017 after completing a Masters in International Development and Intercultural Communications.

What are your main responsibilities in your current role?

To supervise and execute the administration of research students (PhD and MPhil) within the faculty, like holding student seminars, activities, handling enquiries etc. To facilitate the application of various research funds. To administer the ethics applications of research projects of taught postgraduate students. To manage and update the website and intranet.

Please outline your career history: how did you get to where you are today?

I applied to the current job directly. I believed my MA degree from the University of Sheffield has made stand out from other candidates in the interview, in terms of educational qualifications, extensive generic work skills and the ability to work with global partners.

Why did you want to come to the University of Sheffield to study your chosen degree?

I wish to become an international developer in renowned agencies like UN, NGOs or other international consultancies - to improve the long-term livelihood of people and maintain environmental sustainability in developing countries, in terms of policy administrations and advisory. The hybrid MA course offered by UoS is a unique one in U.K., which combines the development studies and intercultural modules in a one year course, which is practical in my future career development.

What were your favourite things about or best memories of the University of Sheffield? 

Three week field trip to the Galapagos Island, Ecuador and a two month internship in the Princess Taghrid Institute in Amman, Jordan. As well as various student activities hosted by the Student Union (handicraft workshops, day-trip to Cambridge, Self-defense class, Bonfire night and orientation week).

Please explain how has your qualification and/or time at Sheffield helped you in your career?

I developed extensive skills in intercultural communications and the awareness of different cultural practices in my MA program has greatly facilitated my current job. I now work with colleagues around the world, e.g. Australians, Americans, Filipinos, and British.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Being one of the 'Smart Work Practice' awardees in my university in 2020/21 academic year.

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