It was fantastic to see so many students at the English Careers event on Monday 5th November. Special thanks to, Bethan James, Senior Broadcast Journalist for The BBC and, Nick Wright, Business Director in the Technology Sector, for coming to talk about their own personal journeys and the huge range of exciting career opportunities available to English Graduates considering studying English at university. English students were able to hear from both of our guest speakers before taking part in a short panel discussion. Bethan James has worked at the frontline of political journalism for the past ten years. As BBC Wales’ Parliamentary correspondent, Bethan has reported and produced hundreds of hours of material for both radio and television. The job involves interviewing high profile figures including the Prime Minister. From a young age, Bethan had always hoped to become a journalist and so, decided to study an MA in English Literature and History at Edinburgh University. She was passionate about both subjects and thought they would provide the necessary skills for a journalist – which include, clear writing, effective research and insightful analysis. The methods used when theorising about a work of literature or event in history continue to guide Bethan on a daily basis. Nick Wright studied English Language and Literature at Oxford after completing A Levels in Maths, Physics, Spanish and English. He briefly worked in film journalism, publishing and teaching, before beginning a career in digital and product marketing for consumer technology products such as Skype and Hailo (now myTaxi). Finding himself increasingly drawn to understanding human behaviour and telling stories using data, he completed a Masters in Cognitive and Decision Sciences. The past six years he has worked in product management for data and business intelligence products at Sony Playstation and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (a business travel agency).


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