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Career Paths

At King's, we value our alumni. We want you to keep in touch with us wherever you are in the world. Explore this section to find out our undergaduate students next steps and the diverse range of careers students can embark upon.

 

Cathy Bremner 

Section 3 Student Case Studies - Cathy Bremner"I think having professors with a passion so palpable, almost infectious, for their respective academic subjects, inevitably enthuses in the student a similar passion for the topic. I believe it was fundamentally this energy, and the warmth of the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Department at King's, which spurred me to pursue a career with languages at its centre. 

With regard to life skills, the rigorous linguistic training at King’s, coupled with the plethora of cultural, political and economic academic modules on offer ultimately helped develop an analytical, problem-solving mindset, which has since been invaluable in the workplace. Whether it was analysing Brazilian film and music, Spanish Political economy, medieval Iberian love lyric or the history of the urban planning in Mexico, the range of skills I developed in studying such a vastly diverse and immersive programme, provided me with a perfect tool-kit for the unpredictable challenges life in the professional sphere would bring.  

After King's, I went on to spend a year using my languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese) in investment analysis, focusing on international markets for London’s public equity clients.  Now, after several interviews in Portuguese, I have just been appointed a position at the Brazilian Stock Exchange, where I will be working at the London office to further the exchange's activities in Europe and Asia, liaising with teams in Brazil and Shanghai.

Looking back at my time at King’s, the reason I am where I am now is undoubtedly due to the range of opportunities on offer at King’s and the quality of education provided by my professors; after all, before starting university, I had never spoken a word of Portuguese and now I’m using communicating with senior executives at a professional level on a daily basis. My time at King’s ultimately shaped me as a person, and in turn, the path I have since followed - Gracias a todos!"

 

Kota Tamura, (BA Spanish and Linguistics) 

"I always assumed that windsurfing was just something I got to do for a couple of weeks during my summer holidays abroad. But at King’s, I joined the KCL Windsurfing Club and had a chance to do it during term time - right here in the UK! As for my degree, I studied Spanish and Linguistics which taught me a lot about language learning and the process of learning in general. After King’s, I went into education myself and worked as a primary school teacher for four years. Since then I’ve been working at an EdTech startup where we create innovative digital products to learn languages. So even though I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do straight after graduating, professionally, my degree has stood me in good stead!"

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Freya Morgan 

Freya"When I joined King’s in 2013, I was very young and intimidated by the intensity of city life. It took me a while to get adjusted but I quickly found friendships in my tutors and classmates in the SPLAS department, who were able to offer friendly advice and came across as incredibly empathetic and thoughtful. My time at KCL was not straightforward due to personal circumstances, but I always felt supported by the team at SPLAS. I was able to build relationships with my teachers and approach them directly, and I felt that this was the best value for money because having that immediate feedback on your work was invaluable.

The subjects available were engaging and took place in classes that encouraged conversation and different perspectives. My communication, grammatical and analytical skills flourished on the course and I felt pushed, not just in core language classes but also in linguistics, literature, history and politics. I graduated in 2017 and immediately went into my dream job at the British Film Institute, and am now launching my own arts charity. I can safely say I made exactly the right decision when it came to choosing to do my degree at Kings. I would wholly encourage young people looking to build confidence and connections in a big city like London to consider joining the SPLAS department. Having a language on your CV makes you impressive to employers, even when it is not an essential skill for the job, and investing in a degree that builds your communication skills in such a warm environment gives you confidence and purpose.

I would just say that the communication skills I developed from my degree really supported my ongoing career in the arts and as a performer. I am a singer (I have sung with NYC, LYCC, Stockwell Playhouse, the Royal Albert Hall and hold an ATCL diploma in voice) and our oral classes really got me thinking about how I present myself when speaking and singing."

 

 

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