Rosanna O'Keeffe

Operations Manager, Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile
Year(s):
2016
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17

Tell us a bit about your current job and your career to date

I am the Operations Manager for the Baobab Centre, a small charity working with young refugees and asylum seekers in north London. The Baobab Centre is a community which provides psychotherapy and casework support to individuals as well as challenging systemic issues through our advocacy.  

My role covers finance, HR, advocacy and day to day operations management; as Baobab is a community my role also includes direct work with the young people, which I really enjoy. Prior to this I worked for The HALO Trust managing landmine and IED clearance operations. In both organisations I have looked for work with a tangible and practical impact.

How did you come to choose your course?

I came to migration studies from an Archaeology and Anthropology background, and to Oxford particularly due to its split between ODID and Anthropology. The MSc at Oxford was a really good fit for me due to its interdisciplinary nature and the range of disciplines of those teaching the course. 

What did you particularly value about your course and your time at ODID?

I really valued the breadth of the course and the freedom we had to choose exactly what we wanted to explore in depth in our thesis. I also enjoyed the additional lectures that were put on at lunchtime which were an excellent way of exploring new areas outside of the specific course. My cohort was also extremely social which was a wonderful part of the course - we shared thoughts and ideas as well as being loyal attendees of a weekly pub quiz!

 

I really valued the breadth of the course and the freedom we had to choose exactly what we wanted to explore in depth in our thesis