Naomi Jeffreys graduated in 2014 with a BA English Literature and Drama
I loved the campus and the atmosphere. I really enjoyed the open days, where I met an academic in the LiFTs department who pretty much sealed the deal for me attending there.
I enjoyed the lectures, particularly the English literature ones, as they were always well researched and had some interesting discussions.
I particularly enjoyed studying Shakespeare as part of my degree, where my modules combined, with an in depth study of the words of the text, followed by an interpretation of them.
I embraced the community of the Students' Union, and worked for the newspaper, The Rabbit, for my three years at University.
I was given an editorial position at the newspaper when I was a fresher, and eventually became editor in my final year which was a valuable experience. It was this experience which has helped me in my current career - journalism.
I have become a journalist, working in the legal trade industry, where I report on the trends in law, and follow the career progression of lawyers and the recruitment of law firms. I have progressed up the ranks from editorial assistant in my first job to staff writer in my current role, where I have developed and grown into a competent and reliable writer.
Luck! I was applying for jobs for six months following graduation and applied for my first role of editorial assistant at World IP Review. While there, I excelled in all areas of the job and worked very well with my immediate supervisor, which meant I gained two promotions while there. Since then, I have developed my career to my current role as staff writer/reporter at Commercial Dispute Resolution magazine, which has broadened the topics which I am writing about and has increased my eagerness to produce good copy for the businesses which we sell too.
Writing, editing, uploading articles, subbing colleagues articles. Pitching lawyers for comment on stories. Tweeting our daily stories and maintaining good relationships with the firms which I cover on my beat. Researching for new and upcoming trends and topics, attending meetings with PRs and lawyers.
The company and the variety of the types of stories I work. I have a great boss who is very supportive and has helped develop my writing and skills, as well as my confidence in my own ability. She has also relied on me on many occasions for producing copy and speaking to law firms/contributors.
I'd like to one day become editor of a legal trade publication - whether it's this one or another one!
It is relevant, had I not achieved a 2:1 in English and Drama, I would not have proven my ability to write well.