Jennifer is 24 years old and studied English at University of Suffolk whilst pursuing a career in journalism and blogging.
This time last year, I had just woken up in a hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. It was early, but the sun was glinting off the crystal clear water of the Riviera and below my window the street was bustling with expensive cars and well-dressed people. I got dressed, went downstairs to eat breakfast (continental, no less), and strolled outside to the front of the hotel where my ride was waiting: a 1950s Porsche Cabriolet. My itinerary mentioned something about a day in the life of Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road, but I had no idea it would be quite this glamorous. I was to be whisked around the winding roads of Nice, taking in its exciting history, colourful architecture and enviable weather, when just one week prior I was sitting in an office in Ipswich, wondering what brand of microwave rice I was going to buy for dinner that evening.
That’s what I love most about my job: the variety. One month I could be wandering through the ruins of ancient Rome, the next I could be working with the wonderful people at Student Life to help inspire budding journalists and bloggers. There’s no end to what you could experience in this career, or who you could meet. And there are a variety of ways to get here; though mine started with university.
I studied English at University of Suffolk and, for me, the most exciting module was Professional Writing. I got to learn the basics of the career that I was already so deeply invested in, and I was able to meet the right people who have been endlessly helpful in getting me on track. Although the road hasn’t been as smooth as the aforementioned Promenade (I’m now freelancing and flitting between London and Suffolk due to the closure of a publishing company I was working for), I’ve worked hard enough to experience some opportunities that I could only have dreamed about if I’d have pursued a different path, and I’m excited to discover what is yet to come.