Feature
Published: 15 November 2017

Graduates share career tips with Surrey students

We recently welcomed three alumni back to campus to speak to undergraduates from our Literature and Languages degree programmes about careers and how to get ahead.

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Bakita Kasadha (English Literature with Creative Writing, 2012), Sophie Vickery (English Literature, 2015) and George Rogers (French and Spanish, 2011) joined with Romina Franceschina from marketing agencyHogarth Worldwide Limited to talk about their own careers paths and offered invaluable advice.

Tips included building good connections wherever you go, the importance of a placement year, experiencing different areas of work and meeting people from across your organisation. They also spoke how the transferrable skills gained from a Literature and Languages degree set graduates apart.

Bakita, an independent personal development trainer and consultant in the HIV sector, said: “It is not just about the people you know, but what they know about you, so you have to tell your contacts about yourself and your skills.”

Sophie, who works at Allianz Insurance as a Key Account Developer, highlighted why her placement year was crucial to her career: “It really helped me get a foot in the door at Allianz. I was offered several placements across various industries but undertook one within the University’s very own International Recruitment team which gave me extensive exposure and experience in relationship management. I also had the opportunity to travel to Qatar and the UAE in this role.”

George works for Electronic Arts in Guildford as part of their User Experience Research team helping to run its UK Playtesting Program as well as assisting with translation and operations for their Montreal and Stockholm UX teams.