The flexibility of The Open University meant that I could complete an internship in Colombia while continuing my studies.
Kirsty completed a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Human Rights and Development Management with The Open University Law School in 2017.
“After a break from academia for several years, I was eager for a change and decided to pursue a Master’s degree. The postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Human Rights and Development Management was the perfect first stepping stone for me to do this. It allowed me to continue working full-time while getting a taster of the field I was interested in at the graduate level before committing to full-time masters study.
“With little prior experience in the field, it provided a gateway I needed to an internship with a grassroots NGO promoting human rights and peacebuilding activities in Colombia (where this photo was taken), as well as helping victims of the conflict. This was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to gain on the ground experience of a country affected by decades of conflict, and learn about the many complex factors involved with this; such as the horrors of human trafficking, a human rights issue I am particularly interested in.
“The flexibility of The Open University meant that I could complete the internship in Colombia while continuing my studies. The internship combined with my OU qualification boosted my application for master’s degree programmes and, as a result, I was accepted to study at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Korea University, a prestigious university ideally placed for research on increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula.
“I am about to start my second semester as President of the KUGSIS Human Rights Society and hope to graduate with an MA in International Peace and Security in 2019. I am so glad I took that first step to get my postgraduate certificate and excited for what the future holds.”