"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!"