Molly alumni from Linnaeus University

Alumni story: Molly studies how people interact with information in professional environments

Molly McGregor has studied the master's programme Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology. Today she works at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

“As an international student studying at Linnaeus University, I found the people and atmosphere really welcoming, helpful and inclusive. I also enjoyed experiencing the Swedish teaching style as it’s very different from the British way of teaching. Particularly the flexibility and informality of classes, and the concept of only studying one course at a time.  My class was also very international, which was a great way to meet new people from across the world, learn new cultures and make lifelong friends".

Today she is working as a Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher on the DoSSIER project at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

"DoSSIER (Domain Specific Systems for Information Extraction and Retrieval) is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project involving the participation of academic and industrial partners across Europe and the world to produce fundamental insights into how users interact with information in professional environments. My particular project is focused on measuring and modelling the cognitive cost and effort of users during the information-seeking process".

Molly feels that the international aspect of her education has been rewarding.

"I definitely think that the international aspect of my education has benefitted me in both my previous and current job, mainly in that it has opened my mind to new experiences and ways of thinking. The programme also emphasised a very collaborative approach to learning, which I think applies also to working with your team in a professional environment".

The programme itself has breadth and covers a wide range of different topics.

" I think there’s an opportunity to find out which areas of the field you are most interested in. When it comes to writing your thesis, I think the variety of courses on the programme really helps you reflect on what you’ve learned and to identify particular research areas that you would like to explore in more depth".

The programme comes with a lot of freedom, but you have to show discipline and not be afraid to take initiatives.

"I think the programme allows for a lot of freedom and creativity in what you learn and how you learn, so I think it would suit a person who is self-motivated and takes initiative for their own learning".