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I'm Sacha Ferguson. I recently completed my English Language and History degree and I am currently looking for a role where I can use the skills I gained throughout my degree combined with my love for creativity and change.
I was part of a team to create a digital map of place names with Gaelic origin and locations with historic Gaelic connection in Glasgow. This involved conducting independent research to locate relevant historic locations and creating descriptions to ensure the information was accessible to the public. To do this I used grid references provided to me to pinpoint researched place names and inputted and formatted the information on the map. I gained an understanding of the breadth and depth of Gaelic within Glasgow, something I had not considered before. I also had experience using grid references across many different historical maps to locate areas within Google Maps which I thoroughly enjoyed. As the map grew on the website, it was a clear sign of our progress and I am thrilled to have a lasting impact within an interesting and unique project.
I selected relevant material from archives and arranged them in a narrative to be used by schools. During this time I was trained in navigating content management software and social media in an academic context. Additionally, I worked as part of an academic team to create accessible resources. As I created blog posts for the project’s website, detailing the sources I had found, I am hopeful this will have a positive impact on students who are studying History in the future.
My responsibilities included arranging and conducting a large number of interviews, assessing who was suitable for the job while gaining knowledge of the company and what skills were vital for viable candidates. As it was summer, many events were approaching which required constant forward-thinking as I organised online advertisements, contacted applicants, and carried out interviews to ensure there were sufficient employees for each event. This position required substantial organisation and rested heavily on successful communication between the interested candidates, myself, and the company. I really liked this role as I enjoyed meeting potential candidates, assessing how they would fit within the company, and having the opportunity to talk to many different people. It was a job where every day was different and that is something I am looking to replicate.
The project’s goal is to interview people across Scotland and create a map of the differing dialects across the country. As my role of fieldworker I Located suitable candidates within my local area and conducted questionnaires to gather information about their dialect. I then recorded the results of the questionnaires in a spreadsheet for further study.