Degree: Modern Languages
Year of Graduation: 2015
Job title: Graduate Editor
Q. Why did you choose to study at Lancaster University?
A. It had the course I was looking for and I was very impressed with everything I’d seen on visit days. There wasn’t anything that made me think twice about putting it as my firm choice.
Q. What were the best things about your course at Lancaster?
A.It was very flexible in terms of moulding it. I came to Lancaster to study French and Spanish, but I decided to take up Italian. I didn’t want to drop any of them so I was very happy that I was able to change my original degree scheme.
The small size of the language department was definitely important: I felt like I had more contact time with tutors and I had a better relationship with them than I expected to have. This really helped when I needed advice.
Q. How much did you Lancaster degree help you in your career?
A. CGP were looking for people with a degree from ‘a top quality university’ and Lancaster obviously fits the bill – a lot of employees at CGP have come from Lancaster University. I achieved first class honours, which added an extra something to my application. It made me stand out from other candidates.
Q. How much did your language skills help you in your career?
A. I use my language skills every day at work. I’m responsible for writing and correcting material in foreign languages, so it’s extremely important for me to have the set of skills I have.
Q. How much did your year abroad help in your career?
A. I spent a large chunk of my interview with CGP discussing my experiences abroad. Due to the nature of my work at CGP, having these experiences is a great asset and requirement for some tasks.
Q. How has your career progressed since graduating?
A. I’m still settling into the swing of things and don’t expect to progress much until I’ve been with the company for at least a year.
Q. What are the most important qualities for being successful in your role?
A. I need an excellent eye for detail and precision. My current role relies heavily on my language skills, including my knowledge of English. A lot of the qualities I learnt during my time at Lancaster are necessary for my job. I need to be able to communicate with people, work independently and in a team etc.
Q. What do you like in your current role?
A. I enjoy every aspect of my job – it’s my dream career. It offers everything I was looking for when I was searching for graduate jobs. There isn’t anything I don’t find interesting or exciting.
Q. What snippet of career advice would you give to a current student?
A. Don’t be afraid of being persistent. I got my job at CGP after two applications – my first was unsuccessful. I really liked the sound of the job and was keen to show the company that I had a lot to offer them. When I saw the advert for the same position a few months later, I decided to give it another shot and I got the job. Persistence does pay off and, more importantly, it looks good. Being keen is a very positive image to present to a prospective employer.