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Tessa Kerslake

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Course studied: BA (Hons) English Literature
Graduating year: 2015

Since graduating from university in 2015, I have developed a career in event management that began through a Bath Spa University funded apprenticeship at the Bath-based events company, Groupia. From this I assisted in planning and delivery of the 2017/2018 events programme at English Heritage, and in 2018 I became the Event Manager for The Grand Appeal's Gromit Unleashed 2 charity trail.

I currently work for Julian House, the homeless charity working across the South West as a Senior Community and Events Fundraiser.

"The passion the lecturers have for the course shines through in the breadth of the modules and assessments available, making you feel supported and confident at every stage of your degree. Straight after graduating I began a career as an Event Manager, and have found the creativity and writing skills I developed while studying invaluable."

Why did you choose the course you studied at Bath Spa?

English Literature was my favourite subject during both my GCSEs and A-Levels, so progressing to degree level felt like a natural fit. I also felt the degree would provide me with a wide variety of career options when leaving university.

What were the highlights of your time here?

I loved studying at the beautiful Newton St Loe campus and getting to be a part of the community there. The biggest highlight was completing my degree and being supported by Bath Spa to secure an apprenticeship in the events industry, which became a permanent job.

How did the course support your steps into industry?

As the course has various types of assessments, you have the opportunity to evolve both public speaking and key writing skills that have been invaluable when applying for jobs. English literature also naturally involves a high level of organisation in terms of reading and essay writing, so I am not daunted by any pressurised administration tasks.

"The best thing about the course is..."

The range of modules available, which are matched perfectly with the expertise of the lecturers.

"I am most proud of..."

Getting a first in my dissertation!

"My advice for current students is..."

To read all the books on your reading list!

"I recommend Bath Spa because..."

It is a great University to develop your passion, and be supported in establishing your employability.

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