I graduated from Queen Mary with a degree in Film Studies in July 2017. I started on a joint programme of Film and Drama but switched to single honours Film after first year. I’d never studied either subject before and quickly realised that I was passionate about cinema.
Alongside my studies I worked as a team leader in all three of the cafés run by Queen Mary Students’ Union – The Learning Café and Ground (Mile End) and The Shield (Charterhouse Square). I started my degree when I was 22 so had lots of experience in catering and hospitality. I luckily managed to secure my job at The Learning Café before I started my course. Moving from Newcastle to London, I knew I needed a reliable source of income. The job was extremely convenient and perfect for a student because my managers worked my shifts around my timetable. I developed skills in customer service, staff supervision, time management, prioritisation and lots more, all of which I still use every day. As a student staff member, I was also able to take part in the QM Skills Award which I completed in second year. It offers lots of brilliant free training sessions in transferrable skills like project management, financial planning and cultural awareness. You can find out more here: https://www.qmsu.org/employability/qmskills/