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Andrew Dipper

Career Path: Marketing Executive, FRG Technology Consulting
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Ever since I was a kid I loved reading - and as I went through school and college I developed a passion for writing. A degree in English Literature seemed an obvious choice. It was the subject I enjoyed most growing up and I knew it would give me the right tools for a creative career.

What are you doing now?

I'm currently working as a Marketing Executive at FRG Technology Consulting in Newcastle. We're part of a group of recruitment agencies that place candidates in niche technology jobs. It's my job to grow our brand visibility using content, social media and PR.Andrew Dipper

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

I was looking for a university close to home and Northumbria offered an interesting reading list, friendly tutors and a great work/life balance.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The tutors were great, and always found time to offer constructive feedback on assignments. I always found the lectures to be interesting too with enough information and sources to encourage further reading in your own time.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

Dedication - They were always at the end of the phone to offer feedback and guidance.

How connected was your course with industry?

Studying one of the 'arts' subjects means your path towards a career isn't always straightforward or obvious. There's a misconception that studying English means you'll end up working as an English teacher, which was certainly never my intention.

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

A degree in English Literature will not only give you a new found appreciation for medieval literature but you'll learn to write long-form content well and to a deadline. It's an invaluable skill that I've used every single day since leaving Northumbria.

What was the best thing about your course?

The wide range of modules and reading lists. I was a huge fan of US writing heading into university so the chance to study the likes of Catch-22, Revolutionary Road and The Catcher In The Rye on an academic level was a big pull.

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

The ability to write concisely and to a deadline.

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

Making new friends and enjoying the party city that is Newcastle.

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

Go for it - it's an amazing experience and Newcastle's a great place to call home.

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

Lots of fun.

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