- Coralie Omodei
- Marseilles, France
- Doing Now
- French Development Agency (Paris)
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Coralie Omodei and I am French from Marseille in the South of France. I was a student of Sciences Po in Aix-en-Provence in parallel to my Master's degree in Edinburgh. I also worked during one year within the French Embassy in Kosovo, which greatly influenced my decision to study abroad.
Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?
I studied International and European Relations in France, and thus it was in accordance to my academic background to choose the IEP program. I wanted a Master's degree with a large range of subjects to widen my knowledge in international affairs and European Union's issues, as well as to learn a different approach of these matters. In addition, the University of Edinburgh is a very well-ranked university in Europe, and that was really important in my choice. I heard about it through a friend in France also saying that it was quite cost-effective to study in Scotland rather than in England.
Furthermore, I should add that I spent some of my holidays in Scotland as a teenager and I really liked it: the people, the atmosphere and the landscapes. It was then a good opportunity to come back, especially because I never studied abroad before and never lived in an English-speaking country.
What is it that you do now and did the degree help in your career path?
I am currently doing an internship in the French Development Agency in Paris. I was hired to write a report on the American and British structures of crisis management.The IEP degree clearly helped me to get this selective internship, as I was able to study International Development and American Foreign Policy in Edinburgh, with a focus on statebuilding, peacebuilding and official development assistance.
Moreover, in a very competitive job market, employers are looking for versatile people who can speak English fluently and adapt to diverse contexts and cultures, and I believe I improved these qualities during my year in Edinburgh.
How did you like Edinburgh as a city?
Edinburgh is a very nice and lively city. It is first a city of history and the architecture of the Royal Mile makes you travel throughout the ages. It is also a city of culture, there are always a lot to do in the 'Athens of the North': the festival in August, theater plays, concerts, shows, pubs and parties!
Then, the size of the city is manageable: everything is within walking distance and I really enjoyed walking around to go to the university, to the center town and in the Meadows. Edinburgh is situated between sea and hills and it is an ideal location to get some fresh air at Arthur's Seat or Calton hill.
What were your best memories?
Even though I had some hard times studying (and freezing), no doubt that the best memories of my year in Edinburgh are the people I met. The IEP program is really international, it is a melting-pot where I have been able to fulfil myself and to meet life-long friends.
I will remember memorable parties and diners, as well as experiences such as the Burns supper (and the haggis), the Ceilidhs, the festival in August, and the wonderful time in Brussels! The class trip is one of the high spot of the year, not to be missed!