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Vani Sutcu’s Alumni Profile, MA International Relations
Current job title and employer: Social Media Executive for CNN International
What attracted you to Queen Mary? Why did you choose to do your course with us?
I was attracted to Queen Mary University because the School of Politics and International Relations is very well established and ranks highly in national University League tables. I also like the variety of course modules that students can choose from and the first class supervision that students get from academic staff. Queen Mary provides great access to libraries, technical equipment and inhabits a lovely campus right in the heart of London. It attracts international students from all over the world and thus provides a vibrant atmosphere for studying politics.
How have your studies at Queen Mary helped or influenced your career?
I have worked in entertainment-based media before and always aspired to move into the more factual based news industry. The MA course in International Relations provided me with the necessary intellectual abilities and knowledge about Public Affairs as well as critical thinking that are all crucial when working in the news industry.
How has your career progressed since you graduation?
After graduating from Queen Mary University I worked for Yahoo! and CNN International and have just recently accepted a new role at the BBC. My MA degree has provided me with the necessary knowledge of International Affairs, the ability to understand, critically analyse and grasp complex realties as well as make unbiased and informed decisions. It enhanced my ability to reflect issues from different perspectives, take other views into consideration and rationally as well as persuasively argue my point.