Giulia Borello

MA in Applied Cultural Analysis
University of Copenhagen
BA (International - Anthropology Single Honours)
2016

Studying Anthropology in Maynooth University has widened my horizons, in every possible sense. I acquired tools to understand people in their own terms, while approaching different cultures across the world. I could also appreciate the value of qualitative research, which is what I am focusing on at the moment, while studying at the University of Copenhagen.

Once I completed my studies in Maynooth, I decided to take a gap year and travel within Latin America. During this time, I volunteered in "La Universidad Catolica de Atalaya", in Perù, where I provided study and psychological support to students belonging to fourteen Amazonic indigenous communities. I then went back to Italy, where I worked for a year as a HR Account Manager, recruiting, administering personnel, and conducting commercial activities. Interested in deepening my knowledge on cross-cultural encounters, I then worked as a teacher of Italian in asylum seekers' centres, engaging with students from West African States and Pakistan. At the moment, I am following a Master's Degree in Applied Cultural Analysis, at the University of Copenhagen, in order to better my skills as a qualitative researcher.

In the University of Copenhagen, I am learning how to implement both products and services through cultural analysis. Collaborating with clients, we are taught how to pursue a human-centred approach, whose value can be appreciated in the market and in society.

Working as an applied qualitative researcher can be extremely rewarding, given its solution-oriented nature. I am willing to continue to do it in Copenhagen although my new challenge is learning Danish.

During my experience in Maynooth University, I had the chance to meet with Erasmus students coming from different parts of the world. A fellow anthropologist from Mallorca, who is now one of my best friends, went to work to Copenhagen, as an applied qualitative researcher. He suggested to me to enquire about the academic possibilities offered by Denmark - I am extremely happy that I followed his advice.

I would suggest to explore possibilities, and while doing it, to try to find what makes you passionate. I found anthropology to be well received as a degree in the job market, given the skills it provides in dealing with people. I have been using LinkedIn to connect to people whose career paths are a source of inspiration. While following their trajectories, I connected to companies whose organisational cultures are in line with what I want to be doing.