Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

Naomi's career story

Naomi Jeffreys at graduation.
Why did you decide to study your course at Essex?

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.

What did you enjoy most about your studies?

I enjoyed the lectures, particularly the English literature ones, as they were always well researched and had some interesting discussions. 

Which modules or areas of research did you particularly enjoy?

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.

Did you undertake a placement or work experience while studying?

I embraced the community of the Students' Union, and worked for the newspaper, The Rabbit, for my three years at University.

What employability/further study skills did studying at Essex give you?

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.

What have you done since graduating from Essex?

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.

With your new career, how did you get your start?

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.

Could you describe a typical day?

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.

What do you enjoy about your work?

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.

What do you expect your next step to be?

I'd like to one day become editor of a legal trade publication - whether it's this one or another one!

How relevant is your degree to your job?

It is relevant, had I not achieved a 2:1 in English and Drama, I would not have proven my ability to write well.

What advice would you give to someone looking for a similar role?
  • Do work experience. I had to work for free for two months at a magazine in London following graduation, but I believe it helped me get into paid work.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity at work, do as much as you can at university in the topics/hobbies which interest you.
  • Be open to not working immediately after graduation, but if you have a career in mind, then apply for those jobs with gusto, the more applications you get out there, the better.
two students acting in a studio
BA Drama and Literature

Study a wide range of dramatic texts, from Ancient Greek times to the present day, and develop an understanding of the principal developments in European Theatre. You can also benefit from our Lakeside Theatre, which has been established as a major venue for excellent drama, known for a commitment to new writing for the stage.

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