Jagoda Sekular studied at Roehampton between 2010 and 2013 and has since gone on to work for the United Nations and for Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as partaking in further study at both Oxford University and Harvard University.
She recently answered some questions as part of our Alumni Stories series.
What did you study at Roehampton and which year did you graduate?
I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Combined Studies (major in Journalism & News Media).
What have you done since leaving Roehampton?
I pursued further studies after leaving Roehampton. I have completed a Qualifying Law Degree (LLB) and a MA in International Law at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). I am currently enrolled in Harvard University’s International Relations Graduate program and I recently successfully completed a summer program at Oxford University.
I spent several years with the United Nations, specifically with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme. I was recently accepted into the Finnish Diplomatic Service and I am currently working for Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs as an Attaché.
Do you ever miss Roehampton?
I often miss the dear friends I made during my time at Roehampton.
Did you have a favourite spot on campus?
Yes, I lived on Southlands College in my first year, so I’d have to say the Quad.
If you had one piece of advice for current students, what would it be?
This is for the ladies – the search to find your own voice can be challenging and the road is long. Don’t give up and uplift and empower other women along the way. The world needs strong women. Stay ambitious, dedicated, focused, work hard and continue to challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to try different career paths. Pursue further studies and accumulate work experience (ie. through internships). And don’t forget to make time for old friends – especially from your university days.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Professionally, I see myself solidifying my diplomatic career either with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland or the United Nations.
Academically, I hope to have completed a doctorate degree.
Personally, I see myself keeping in touch with my friends from university and reminiscing on the time we spent together at Roehampton.