Catherine Hunter

BA Hons French Studies and Geography

Lancaster’s Appeal

Now working as Head of Sales Capability for Northern Europe for Mondelez International, Catherine Hunter chose to study at Lancaster University due to a number of factors, including its prestigious reputation, enviable location and community feel. “I liked the fact that this was a campus university near a town, rather than being lost in a big city, so it had more of a community feel to it,” she says. “I also loved the location - on the doorstep of the Lake District and not too far from Manchester, Liverpool etc. I chose to study at Lancaster due to its reputation as one of the best universities in the North West.”

Excellent Prospects

Catherine feels that her time at Lancaster has been invaluable in preparing her for her current occupation, and she uses the skills that she learned on her course on a regular basis. “My current role is Sales Capability Lead for Northern Europe at Mondelez International – makers of Cadbury, Oreo, Maynards, Bassetts, Green & Blacks, Ritz, and more,” she says. “I am responsible for the learning and development of 1000 sales people across six countries, including understanding the capability needs of the sales force, partnering with internal stakeholders and external companies to develop impactful capability and training solutions, and measure the impact of this on performance and engagement. Lancaster provided me with the social and communication skills to work with a diverse range of people, resilience when faced with challenging stakeholders and the confidence to present in front of senior people and large groups of training delegates!”

Studying Abroad

For Catherine, a particular highlight of her degree was her time studying abroad in France. “I loved my year abroad in France working as an English assistant at a secondary school in Marseille,” she says. “This taught me how to adapt to a different culture, be confident and impactful in front of a group of young adults and of course helped with my French language skills. This really helped to prepare me for working with a range of people from different backgrounds in the workplace, understand the benefits of diversity and build my facilitation and presentation skills.”

Recommending Lancaster

Catherine thoroughly enjoyed her time at Lancaster, having found both her course and overall experience highly beneficial. She is quick to praise the University and recommend it to prospective students. “I would recommend Lancaster to any prospective student - it has a real community feel, lots of social activities, professional and supportive staff and is located in a fantastic part of the country,” she says. “All of my tutors were really supportive, and the library was a great resource and space for research and spending time on coursework.”

Catherine concludes, “I learnt so much, had one of the best years of my life as an assistant in a French school and made some friends for life. I look back fondly on my time at Lancaster - hard work but loads of fun and great memories!”