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Emma Catan

Career Path: Senior Paintings Conservator, Hirst Conservation
Location: Newcastle, UK

Emma CatanI've been working as a careers adviser since 2014, as I wanted to guide and coach people on how to make decisions about their career and learning paths

What are you doing now?

I still work as a careers adviser but I'm now back at Northumbria, undertaking a part time PhD in English Literature

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I studied here for my BA, and I was impressed with the expertise of the faculty and choice of modules available

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Fantastic - we had seminars within our modules where we could lead the discussions based on the weekly reading. The feedback was incredibly constructive and helped a lot of students to build on their existing academic skills

How connected was your course with industry?

Our course wasn't connected to industry but we were actively connected to research seminars which were really informative and interesting.

What was the best thing about your course?

It inspired me to pursue doctoral studies, in that I realised that I wanted to keep researching and engaging in the academic world

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Master's study here helped me to develop existing workload and project management skills, which helps me in my job as a careers adviser. The department's staff and their expertise inspired me to pursue academia as a career, which is why I am now undertaking a PhD here

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Academic research skills, presentation skills, project/workload management, reflective and critical thinking

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Engaging with interesting modules which informed my doctoral studies.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

You get as much as you put into it - seek feedback, engage with the modules and go beyond the reading lists, and get involved in societies and research talks!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Engaging, inspirational, motivational.

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