Career paths with an Arts degree from the University of Glasgow


– We are on a road trip
to go and meet alumni from the University of
Glasgow Arts Department. – Yeah, we’re finding out how we can use our University of Glasgow
arts degrees, finding ideas. – Yeah, I’m just going in to second year. I have no idea what I want to do so it’ll be quite good
seeing loads of people. Gonna ask them all about what they do on a day-to-day basis, how they got into what they’re doing. – I wanna know if they
expected the career they took in first and second year, ’cause I have an idea of
what I’d like to do next year but I want to know if in any
way they followed the plan that they’d set out for themselves, or they just found it along
the way, picked it up. – Yeah. What do you want to do? – I want to teach. – Oh really?
– So, yeah. – Well, that’ll be good. (upbeat music) Yeah, I think it’ll be really cool seeing, yeah, just what life is like
living in different places outside the Glasgow bubble. ‘Cause we’re going through France, and we’re going to Brussels. These other places that you can move to and all these other cities
not even on your radar. – I don’t really wanna stay in the city. To be honest, I’m not
really a big city type. Teaching might take me anywhere. (soothing music) – [Helen] This is Badvo. We have three different
types of gin, altogether. We do everything from all the foraging, to the distilling, bottling and labelling. – And how did you find
going from living in Glasgow to living here? – Well, my family have always been here, but I never anticipated coming back, but being able to have a distillery here has allowed me to make a living back here in a job that I like. But that’s the good thing about
starting your own business, ’cause you can just do exactly
what you want, and where. What are you guys studying? – [Ally] I’m studying History and Politics, which I’m super enjoying, for just now. Super enjoying. – I’m just doing History, single honours, in fourth year now, so
I’ve picked my dissertation and all that good stuff. – Would you ever consider
going down the business route? – [Nick] I’ve never really
considered it up until now. Right now my passion’s sort of teaching, so in a different direction. – [Helen] I mean, people think
about starting a business and they think about doing
it all by themselves, but you really don’t have to. There’s really good
entrepreneurship services at The University. – Yeah.
– And you can talk to them about that kind of thing. So now that your palettes
are cleansed. (laughs) – [Ally] Officially cleansed, sorry. – This is our 1451 we’ll
be starting with today. – [Ally] That tastes really nice. It tastes really nice. – [Nick] Was there ever
any other career paths? – [Helen] Yeah, I was just excited
to be doing whatever, and I think yeah, you could be happy doing a few different things, and this one career doesn’t
have to be your one career your whole life. – [Ally] Scenic Pitlochry! It was really good meeting Helen and getting to see her in her work place. I thought it was really cool because I feel like when
it’s going into business, you have this idea you’re a cut throat, gotta be super mathsy, and able to run your own business. – Yeah. – But I loved when she
was talking about the fact that having your own
business gives you the power to do all the things you want to do. (upbeat music) – [Nick] So, we’re here on day two of our trip and heading to our next
interview in London, with Sian. We’re going to Camden, and
it’s a real cultural hub. – Yeah, I think it’ll be really
interesting to hear about what she did for her degree, when she decided she
wanted to work in media. – [Nick] Was this the plan? – I have to be totally honest, no. I didn’t have an idea. I actually, when I graduated,
I trained to be a teacher and it was only then that I realised I didn’t
wanna be a teacher. I wanted to do something
where I was able to write and I was able to communicate… so I am Senior Commercial
Comms Exec for Bauer Media. Basically, I do PR for the
commercial side of our business. It’s promoting all the really amazing work that our radio stations
and magazines are doing to a commercial audience. – And do you
enjoy being in London? – I do, it’s really cool. – [Ally] It defo, even
just from walking down the street there, it seems so exciting. What kind of extracurricular
things did you do? – [Sian] I played netball. – [Ally] Oh did you? – I captained the club
while I was at Glasgow. – Did you? Go you! – [Sian] Yeah, the communicational
skills that I developed during my degree have been integral to what I’m doing. People really appreciate those skills that you might take as very simple, or I do this every day
in my degree, anyway. If you can go and do a job, and
you can summarise a document and you can present it to someone who doesn’t have any time
to do it, you are flying. – [Nick] Yeah, we just
got finished with Sian. – Yeah, which was really interesting. She was really friendly, easygoing, but also the kind of person
that gets loads of stuff done. – Hectic, yeah, hectic. – Yeah, enjoys the chaos a little bit. It seems like she spends so
much time talking to loads of different people and loads of writing, and all that kind of stuff
is stuff that I’m like, ooh, that sounds really good! I really like Camden. – [Nick] Really busy, really beautiful. – I could defo imagine
living somewhere like this. I really like being here. I’m quite extroverted and I
really enjoy being with people, and chatting to people. I want to do a job where I was
working with people everyday. I’d want to do a job where I felt like I was having some
kind of a positive impact on a day-to-day basis. – [Nick] I’m not really a fan of
crowds, crowded places. I’m very quiet, I like
to get to know people, it’s part of what makes
me want to do teaching and I like, some sense, to take care of people, and I think a teacher
is a good job for that. (upbeat music) So, how long have you been working here? – [Gavin] Comin’ up for three years. – So, was the plan to get
into the energy sector? – So, I graduated doing
History and French, and I did a year abroad
afterwards teaching English. I then joined a publishing firm. I landed a roll with
Boston Consulting Group in their energy practice. I joined Drax, and I haven’t looked back. So, thinking about your different stages, honestly, trying out lots
and lots of different things, lots of different
societies – play squash(!). Just loads and loads of different things. Find your passions, it
really shapes you like being able to talk to random people. – [Nick] Was there anything
else you were interested in doing when you were
in second and third year? – So, I was really interested in history. I was really interested in France, and how its power has come
and gone over the years, and I loved my years
abroad, they were amazing. – [Ally] Yeah, where did you go? – I went to Lille. – Oh really?
– We’ll be there tomorrow. – Great, really? – Yeah.
– Oh nice. – [Ally] Staying there tomorrow night. – [Gavin] It’s really, really nice. – [Ally] We’re just in a taxi on the way to the ferry. We’ve just met Gavin, had a cup of tea, and a bit of a chat about what he did as well at uni, other than his degree. – The other common theme
was trial and error. – Yeah, what he was saying about it’s not like you go to uni, and you get all the
skills you’ll ever need for every job there. You get loads of skills
that’ll then start you off and then you’ll do a job
that’ll develop some of them. You have to keep building. – [Nick] Absolutely, absolutely. – [Ally] It was just really interesting. – This trip was really an opportunity to see what other people have done. The process to get there was
really part of it for me. Motivations are fascinating to me, really. (upbeat music) – Actually, I’m a really,
really indecisive person. So I did A levels, and I
started off doing Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Politics, and I was like doing them, and I’d never done politics before but I’d always been
quite interested in it. So, then I one-by-one swapped my A levels so I finished doing History, English Language and Politics. – [Nick] Fourth year in September, the big year, picked my dissertation topic – Early Medieval Christianity. I’m always striving for better. I want to improve my grades into fourth year, that
I got in third year, even though, I think I was
quite proud of how I did. – [Nick] In terms of work experiences, I’ve been to an architecture firm, and I’ve worked a law firm, and I’ve been in to schools, and I’ve done all sorts and every time I’m like,
oh my gosh, this is it! But then I see something else like journalism, and I’m like, ooh, that looks really good. – I did volunteer last summer
for two weeks in Germany working with recent arrivals, refugees who’d been settled over there. It was really good, and that was really the moment
where it sort of clicked that I wanted to work with young people. – When I heard about this I was like, oh my gosh, that would be so cool to see what people are doing, and people that have done degrees like me. See what kind of careers they end up in. (funky music) I really like the ones,
that one doesn’t have it, but you know the ones that
have the little countdown? So, yeah, we’re just
waiting to meet Rosie, who works at the European Commission. We’ve been walking down
this road from the Metro, and every building has
big signs being like, European Commission, so we’re not too sure which direction she’s gonna – [Both] Come from. – More cyclists. – [Rosie] I studied
Politics as well as French. So, I wanted to still do something
a bit more political, so I applied for this
traineeship at the Commission, and I specifically applied to work on the Erasmus program
and in education policy. That’s how I ended up here. – [Ally] That’s where you are now! So, I’m just about to go into second year, which would be there year where
you have to apply for… – The option for Erasmus.
– Yeah. Apply for going abroad, or whatever. How did you make the decision that that was something you wanted to do? – [Rosie] I don’t know, I just
felt that I was ready to open the horizons a little bit, and what a language degree can give you is that curiosity of what is it like somewhere else, you know? I think it’s certainly
most of what I’ve done in my life is based on that curiosity, which is really cultivated and stimulated through those studies. Being a native English speaker, having the education that you have, the world is open to you. – [Ally] It’s amazing. Doing French, and then
doing your year abroad, completely just opened
that all up for you. – I went abroad, and that was it. Absolutely a turning point in my life. – [Ally] Do you fancy
moving abroad, Nicholas? – Not doing Erasmus is
definitely something I regret. I think in the future it’s
definitely a possibility. – [Rosie] Erasmus is a
life-long learning program. After you graduate, you
can do internships abroad with Erasmus support. – That’s cool.
– We train adult learners, we fund sport projects, for nursery school teachers to go abroad, it’s all areas. So, doesn’t mean that the
opportunities are over. – [Nick] I may have to check that out. – Yup, absolutely.
– Yeah. – That would be so cool. – All right, so we’ve
just come from the cafe across the street, after
getting a coffee with Rosie after our last interview. – I came away from the
conversation being like, oh my gosh, I’m ready to have a google and see where I want to go. – [Nick] Yeah, where you want to end up. – Yeah, and she was
talking about you’ve got to have at least two languages. She was saying that
language is the big thing. She was talking about how
it allows you to communicate with a whole new group of people. I don’t know about you, but it made me want to
speak every language – Absolutely, yeah. – I was like, oh my gosh, I want this, like, that whole open
door that it gives you. (upbeat music) I would come and visit you in your small, small town, as long you
were growing courgettes.

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