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I'm a University of Warwick Philosophy graduate, looking to start a career in consulting, marketing, or design.

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EDUCATION
2016 - 2019, Coventry
University of Warwick
BA (Hons) Philosophy, 2:1
Modules Included

Epistemology, Metaphysics, language, communication, logic, dissertation, foundations of finance (WBS), project management (WBS)

I’ve always had a passion for scrupulously analysing the whys of the world. As a child, my grandfather would ask me, “what colour is the sky in your world?” alluding to my natural, offbeat curiosity.

Studying philosophy didn’t feel like a choice, it just came naturally. I decided that I’d work out how to make a philosophy degree employable later. Certain that philosophy would equip me with a rigorous analytic mindset, I knew it would position me best to find a meaningful career.

I studied many interesting modules whilst attending the University of Warwick. I’m most passionate about consciousness and the philosophy of mind, and accordingly I wrote my dissertation exploring the properties that constitute a conscious, feeling mind.

Alongside studying, I spent time mentoring disadvantaged young people in a local school, cofounding a prop-tech startup, and playing the drums in a semi-joke disco band (Habius Tortoise).

EXPERIENCE
2019 - 2020, London
Plastic Oceans UK
Communications Officer
Duties Included

Developing marketing strategies, managing social media, audience research, data analysis, content creation, design for print & exhibition

After taking some time to travel around Europe in the summer of my graduation, I came back to my hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon, with the plan to secure a position working for an environmental NGO.

I’m deeply passionate about the environment and knew it would be enriching to put my knowledge and experience to work for Plastic Oceans. I joined the organisation as the only member of the communications and marketing team, and developed a strategy to revive their digital presence and reach a new, Gen Z audience.

I started by collecting and analysing data on other environmental NGOs, to deepen my understanding of the space. Upon presenting my findings and strategy to the CEO, I was permitted to start producing the deliverables and transpose the strategy from theory to praxis.

I worked on an enormous amount of different deliverables whilst at Plastic Oceans, most involving analysis, design, and copywriting. I left in late March 2020 (just after the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown) to return back to Stratford-upon-Avon.

2018 - 2020, Leamington Spa
Accommorate
Creative Director, Co-Founder
Duties Included

Developing Marketing strategies, Branding, Content Creation, Funding Pitches, running Digital Ad Campaigns

I met fellow Accommorate founders, Luke Yianni and Nicos Tombros, as they were the housemates of a friend at university. They were talking about their awful second-year renting experience, and how they were setting up a community-driven platform to make the student housing market more transparent.

I pitched to them that I should come onboard as the Creative Director and got stuck in. In short, we managed to acquire 160 property reviews in our first couple of months, through a deadly combination of Facebook Ads and vigilante on-campus marketing (running into lecture theatres and flyering outside the library).

Some of our key successes include: securing £10,000 funding from the University of Warwick, being invited to talk at Impact Summit (Warwick Entrepreneur’s flagship event), participating in the Warwick Incubator program, and helping tons of students live better whilst at university.

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Other Positions I've Held
Project Assistant, Student Internationalisation Office, University of Warwick
Aug 2018 - Sep 2018
Clearing Hotline Operative, Admissions Office, University of Warwick
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018
Mentor, Student Progression Team, University of Warwick
Jan 2018 - Apr 2018
Library Assistant, University of Warwick
Mar 2016 - Mar 2017
Retail Assistant, Tiger Retail
Dec 2015 - Jan 2016
Administrator & Designer, Acme Care
Jun 2012 - Sep 2014