Natalija Jarosenko

PhD student Natalija Jarosenko in Elmfield
Natalija Jarosenko
"I felt comfortable and safe thanks to the warm-hearted, extremely polite and helpful people of Yorkshire."

Tell us a little about your PhD subject and why you chose this...

I have studied in-work poverty as my PhD subject because millions of men and women in the European Union are living below the poverty line despite being active members of the labour market. Such high levels of the working poverty across the EU is a manifestation of a modern form of poverty that is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues across all capitalist countries in the 21st century.

Why did you decide to come to Sheffield to study in the Department of Sociological Studies?

I decided to join the Department of Sociological Studies due its great research record and an outstanding academic team.

What was the best or most useful thing about the course you studied in the Department of Sociological Studies?

The best part of the course was the opportunity to observe and learn from some of the greatest experts of my field.

Did you face any challenges in adapting to student life in Sheffield?

Adapting to student life in Sheffield was fairly easy as the University provides a solid support and guidance designed to help the integration of the new students. Sheffield is a relatively small city that host people from versatile backgrounds and lifestyles. When I first arrived here, I had no issues finding my way around. I felt comfortable and safe due to the friendly and welcoming environment created by the warm-hearted, extremely polite and helpful people of Yorkshire. Things got even better when I began to discover the Peak District National Park, one of the most picturesque countrysides I have ever seen. Since then, Sheffield has become one of my favourite cities in the UK.

What is your fondest memory from your time in Sheffield?

I have so many wonderful memories that it is difficult to choose one...

Most of them relate to the great friends I met there and the time we spent together: time that we spent laughing, hiking, studying, working and even dealing with some of the difficulties of our lives.

PhD students with Alan Walker

Where do you see yourself in the future?

Since graduation, I have been focusing on publishing articles based on my PhD thesis.

In the future, I see myself becoming a permanent and productive member of the international academic community.

What piece of advice would you offer to international students who may be thinking of coming to Sheffield to study in the Department?

I would advise everyone to contact current students in the Department of Sociological Studies, and ask them all the questions they may have about the city and the Department. As for the prospective PhD students, I would recommend spending quality time choosing their research topic and supervisor. It is crucial because your PhD experience will be highly impacted by this choice.