Rebecca-Morgan Bill graduated in 2015 from BA (Hons) English. She now works at Strathclyde University as Alumni Relations Assistant.
"Since graduating, I have been mostly working! I jumped straight into my further studies and full-time employment within two months of graduating. It has been a bit of a juggle, as they’re both quite demanding.
I became the intern for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales after being accepted on the ‘High Flyer’s Scheme’ in 2015. I worked closely with Marketing and Student Recruitment on a number of faculty-based recruitment events throughout the year, including the Engineering Showcase and the Engineering Olympics.
One of my main projects was to research the Welsh, UK, and global aerospace industry, to then produce a promotional leaflet for the Aerospace degrees offered at USW. I really enjoyed this project as I was able to use a lot of my skills as a professional writer and produce something that was then offered to prospective students. I was very proud of myself to see the final copy printed!
After the year-long internship scheme, I secured the role of Alumni Relations Assistant at Strathclyde University. It’s been great seeing a different side to a university. I’ve worked with prospective and current students, and now I work with alumni. I support the delivery of the alumni relations programme by providing operational support, such as writing and updating web content and assisting with planning for UK and international alumni events. Learning new systems and databases has been interesting and challenging! I’ve really enjoyed gaining new skills and working with the team and planning the International trips. Everyone has been very supportive since I’ve moved, which has made it that little bit easier being away from home!
I think studying any English-based degree, whether it’s Creative Writing or English Literature, gives you solid foundations for any job. Your skill-set becomes adaptable. You learn how to write and think creatively and professionally, how to listen to others, how to deliver constructive criticism and how to take it!
For my current and past jobs, by using the skills from my degree, I have been very conformable with writing content for webpages, proofreading promotional materials, learning new systems and databases, and thinking creatively and analytically.
I’m also studying the MPhil in Writing at USW, alongside my job. The MPhil is part-time via correspondence, which means I can study virtually anywhere! I’m writing a young adult fantasy novel that’s based in a fictional town in Wales. I started the project during the second year of my undergrad and it’s changed quite a bit since then! My novel has now gained some shape and I’m approaching a first full draft. Seeing my story develop from short chapters into something I’m very proud of and eager to share has been an amazing experience. From a young age I enjoyed writing stories and imagining new mystical lands and fairy-tale monsters, but I never thought one day it could actually become an achievable goal."