Department of English
Change Manager - Communication and Engagement at River Island
“Believe in yourself and have confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself nobody else will.”
English was always a subject I enjoyed in education. I love to write, so the opportunity to carry that on at university was always something that interested me. I originally applied to do Drama and English but decided to focus just on English. I chose Manchester Met because Manchester is such a great city with a vibrant student life - plus I’d heard positive things about the course. It seemed like a perfect fit!
The BA (Hons) in English was thoroughly enjoyable and in no small part helped equip me with the skills I use today as Digital Communications Manager at Transport for London. I particularly enjoyed the creative writing module because it gave me the chance to write journalistic pieces which really helped me understand my writing style. I also remember a 19th century American literature module that was very different yet fascinating.
My time at Manchester Met helped me grow as a person. I would not have survived in the corporate world at the age of 18, but by the time I graduated, I was more aware of who I was and what I wanted to achieve.
Be as innovative as possible and always look at how something can be done differently. Nothing is perfect and if you spot a way something can be improved, suggest it. Believe in yourself and have confidence; if you don’t believe in yourself nobody else will.
Have the confidence to question, too. Don’t do things because you’re told to if you are unsure about the reasons why and don’t be afraid to question something or seek clarity. As long as you have knowledge and a willingness to get involved wherever you can, you can build a reputation for yourself as someone who knows what they are talking about, who handles themselves confidently and goes about their work innovatively.
The two best lecturers I had were Michael Bradshaw and Paul Margs. Mike was so passionate about English and really made every lecture and seminar worth going to. Paul did some of the creative writing course and he was brilliant. We also had Paul Abbott, creator of Shameless, deliver one seminar that was very useful. We were told that if we were passionate about something, nothing can stop you from achieving it. Outside of work I have been influenced by three key people: Will McInnes, Ricardo Semler and Dan Pink, all of whom have written books about work culture and have inspired me to challenge convention.
Manchester Met is a great university in an amazing city with great people. It’s a lot of fun!