A first-class History graduate of Durham University, I am a creative at heart, with a passion for the arts, words, and all things aesthetic. Interested in a career in the big bad world of marketing communications. Currently looking for internships/full-time placements.
• I had the pleasure of working in the Leo Burnett London office this summer as part of their internship programme for The Foundry - an internal, micro advertising agency run entirely by graduates. • Working within the Account Management team for McDonald's, one of the agency's largest and fastest-paced clients, I worked on a brief relating to the sale of McCafé coffee. The internship culminated in me presenting my research, ad strategy, and multiple creative ideas to a board of fellow colleagues and senior directors.
• Over two consecutive summers, I worked in hospitality catering for FMC (part of Compass Group) in the Royal Box at Wimbledon. • Working in such a prestigious environment put my quick problem-solving and skills in customer service to the test. The unique clientele of the Royal Box required an unprecedented professionalism and pushed me to provide a standard of service that would not only meet, but surpass, expectation - an ethos I believe to be very important in the working world and one that I have since carried forward.
• Elected as Shop Chair by my peers, I managed the daily functioning of the St Aidan's College Shop, standing as a representative on the college's general Executive committee. • In charge of shop stock and accounts, I convened and chaired the Shop Committee (a team of 10 people), overseeing the recruitment and employment of 14 other staff. • Forming a close-knit team of communicative, efficient, & ultimately happy people demanded strong leadership, extensive organisation skills, & an ability to delegate & co-operate effectively in what is a highly dynamic and creative team. • My main priorities included: meeting consumers' desires, increasing the bottom line, and the development of a creative marketing/branding strategy to create a long-lasting impact.
• I managed the commissioning, editing and writing of content for Music section of the online journal 'The Bubble', alongside two deputy editors. • From interviewing acts to reworking submitted pieces sent in by our contributors, this position helped me develop my own journalistic flair, as well as skills in both communication, and team management. • Winner of the Runner-Up Best Section award in 2015.
• Throughout a 6 month-long career development internship working alongside other Team Durham staff, I oversaw the production of a video magazine, produced in-house weekly, to include highlights, & feature interviews. • Working for Team Durham in a professional capacity allowed me to see a different, independent, and more systematic side to university sport, learning a lot along the way - namely advancing from 'assistant'? to 'leader' level throughout my time there. • Scheduling meetings, organising a small camera crew, and conducting interviews with new people each week according to a tight schedule challenged my organisational abilities and time management against my academic studies considerably. • I also feel this role tested my aesthetic eye for detail and taught me a lot about the intensive process that is editing.
• Involved in the conceptualisation and production of adverts, creation of marketing strategies, running of social media accounts, & co-organisation of termly events, on top of two shifts per week. • This role exercised my creative outlet enormously, tested my time management, & challenged my communication skills significantly. It was during this time as Marketing Officer that I truly developed a passion for generating ideas and seeing them come to life in all kinds of creative forms.
1st class degree honours in History, with credits in English Literature. Year 1: • Early Modern England: A Social History, 1485-1700 • Wars and Welfare: English Society, 1900-1945 • The Making of Modern Africa: Change and Adaptation, 1880-2000 • The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050 • Modern Times: A Cultural History of Europe, 1860-1960 • Introduction to Novel Year 2: • Soviet Socialism in the Cold War: The USSR, 1945-1991 • The World We Have Lost? Family and Household in Europe, 1600-1914 • Conversations with History: History and Guilt • Native Americans and Minority Rights, 1914-2000 • The Golden Age of Northumbria, 600-800 • American Fiction Year 3: • Revolution & History • The Disappearance of Claudine Rouge: Murder, Mystery, & Microhistory in Early Modern France • Dissertation "Shedding the Nazi past? From ‘The Third Reich’ to ‘Fortune 500’: Commercial advertising and the rewriting of brand histories in post-war (West) Germany", for which I achieved a first.
GCSES 9A*s 1A in History, French, Spanish, Latin, Art, English Literature, English Language, Dual Science, and Maths. A-Levels A*AA in English Literature, History, and French (with a further A in both Art and Critical Thinking at AS level) • Head of House 2012-13 (elected by teachers) • Charity Committee Representative 2009-2012 (elected by peers) • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award • Awarded an Academic Exhibition for sixth-form study, 2013 • Art Exhibitor, 2012 • Grade 6 Piano, 2007 • Choir, 2007-2012