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Adam Richardson

Adam came to Teesside University as a mature student - the graduate intern programme led to a permanent job using his new skills.

Adam Richardson

BA (Hons) English Studies

'My studies have proved a great asset in preparing me for my current career.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I wanted to study for a degree in English Studies as I wished to expand my writing skills and discover different literature. I chose Teesside University as it had the course I wanted, suited my family needs, and had the facilities available to provide the best opportunity to succeed in my studies. As somebody already living in the region with a family I didn't want to have to travel too far to study. It was fantastic that my local university has the high-class facilities and courses available on my doorstep.

What was the course like?

Returning to further education after working for 15 years was a daunting task. However, the course and lecturers pushed me and gave me the confidence to develop new skills and expand on existing skills. The course was fantastic. Not only was it comprehensive, varied and stimulating, but the lecturers and tutors were incredibly supportive.

The support provided by the University after graduating cannot be praised enough. Teesside University actively seeks to help their graduates to gain meaningful employment and the graduate intern programme is an integral part of that strategy. Support from the careers staff in the skills required to succeed in the jobs market, alongside experience in a work placement, gave me great confidence in my ability to get a job.

What are you doing now?

I am marketing manager at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton. I drive the gallery’s marketing strategy by managing advertising campaigns, social media output and PR. I also write gallery press releases and promote exhibitions and events. I also have responsibility for liaising with businesses and organisations to promote sales of Joe Cornish prints and corporate overprinting on calendars and greetings cards.

After graduating I successfully applied to Teesside University’s graduate intern programme. Although I graduated in English I was keen to use my language and writing skills in a marketing role. The placement gave me the platform to showcase my skills and demonstrate they were transferable to a marketing position. I was determined to make the most of the placement to gain valuable work experience that would enhance my CV and further my chances of securing a position in my chosen field.

Following a three-month internship with the Joe Cornish Gallery, assisting with their marketing, I was offered a permanent position. Securing a permanent position with my intern host was the icing on the cake.

My studies have proved a great asset in preparing me for my current career. Studying different forms of literature and media in addition to developing a variety of writing forms has been invaluable in my current role. Juggling press releases, social media messages, and advertising text means I am always switching between different writing forms.