[By Emma Hinde]
My studies at the University of Winchester have had a profound impact on my chosen career. I studied a joint honours degree of English Literature and History graduating in 2014 which has provided me with a number of skills that I still draw upon in my everyday work life. The experience of completing my studies has helped to improve my analytic, writing and discussion skills as well as prioritisation of workload, confidence in presenting and independent work. These are all invaluable to my work as an Associate Marketing Manager at an academic publisher.
The University also provided me with a number of amazing opportunities that have boosted by CV and provided some invaluable experiences. I would definitely recommend the WRAP [Winchester Research Apprentice Project] scheme as this provided me with experience of the other side of academia whilst working with an active history research project. With help from the university volunteering department I got involved with a number of editorial related projects with local charities in the area, one of these projects led to a rebrand opportunity which sparked my interest in marketing as a career opportunity. A chance conversation with a lecturer led me to take an internship with Winchester University Press and Ashgate where I learnt more about both academic publishing and the marketing process which really helped when I started as a marketing assistant.
There are a number of other teams which were also really helpful especially in final year in the form of study skills and the career service. I found that I was struggling to achieve the grades I really wanted in my second year but the study skills team really helped with some useful hints and tips for essay writing, planning workloads and helping with exam and dissertation stress. The careers service was great at providing useful and constructive criticism on my CV as well as feedback on cover letters and providing practice for interviews. They also helped me to narrow down the career paths that I was interested in and provided information on networks and websites that would help in finding jobs.
Overall, my experience of the University of Winchester was particularly positive as it provided me with a number of great opportunities and experiences. My top tips for current students would be that its really ok to ask for help, talk to lecturers about your interests and take advantage of the support that is available from the University.
[Note – we would like to thank Emma for sharing her experiences of our department with you]