I am looking for a role with versatility; a position that offers a chance to engage with writing in many different forms. This versatility interests me as I would enjoy the chance to work with words in a real world setting; to take the rigorous analytic approach of scholarly examination, the focus of my degree, to a more practical endeavor. I was enthused by the fact that the position offers a chance to interact with senior client contacts and thus provides an exciting environment where training practice and people-skills meet.
While at Cambridge I have become adept at time management. Weekly essays and seminars have encouraged me to adopt a rigorous approach to scheduling. I am thoroughly familiar with the practice of creating and editing numerous and varied pieces of writing over the course of a limited time period. Furthermore, studying English has taught me to think outside the box; when you have hundreds of years of literary criticism to contend with you have little choice but to think creatively and try to find a new perspective on works and new modes of expression. I believe this stands me in good stead for successfully researching and generating ideas in our dijital world where innovation is key. Checking for consistency and detail in my own work, and in literary texts, was a crucial part of my routine throughout my time at university. Furthermore, these essays would demand accurate responses to academically demanding questions meaning that I am familiar with following instructions and briefs without supervision.
My final year at university included papers on Contemporary literature, Visual Culture and a 7500-word dissertation on Victorian Children's literature. The Visual Culture paper demanded an in-depth knowledge of visual theory and art history. My personal main areas of study were female masquerade dress in eighteenth-century portraiture and male self-fashioning in early 1980s music videos. Both of these topics exploit the fascinating juncture where various art forms (painting/dress, video/dress/makeup) intersect. Second-year papers featured a portfolio of essays that was similarly interested in visual culture. In these essays, I addressed the interaction of Blake's illuminations and his poetry and the use of ekphrasis in Keats.
I also take part in drama and singing which has, over the years, provided me with confidence around new people and the ability to work successfully in team environments. I am also an avid dressmaker and enjoy the chance to express myself creatively.
Finally, I am a good communicator and an enthusiastic team player. In the past year, I have enjoyed working as part of the committee for the Emmanuel College June Event, helping to bring the £80,000 ball to life. Managing the décor for this event alongside the considerable demands of my degree has made me comfortable with multitasking. Additionally, this experience of project managing an event integral to the May Week season has provided me with useful skills for remaining level-headed when problems arise. I am now able to find dynamic solutions under time pressure.
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