Communication skills are at a premium in this digital age. Knowing how to argue a point, to think independently, to summarise, to write reports and speak well are all important skills. Ability and competence in English is the starting point not only for writing a good CV, but also for careers in journalism and advertising, marketing, sales and many other occupations.
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Sophie Doherty is a Film Buyer for Vue Cinemas. She enjoys her job of negotiating with distributors to put together a programme of films for the Vue chain. "Each day of the week is quite different in film buying because everything sort of focuses around our Monday booking, or holdover date we call it... Without question, the most enjoyable part of the job is actually watching the films."
Zak Moses is a Retail Executive for Vue Cinemas. He is in charge of buying the refreshments that are sold in the foyers. He didn't start off looking for a career in cinemas, he just really enjoyed the evening job he did there while he was at college. He carried on working for Vue instead of going to university, and worked his way up. "I was doing a lot of evenings and weekends which was great and it's very infectious because it's a buzz when it's busy but then your social life kind of takes a different route so your social life becomes the cinema."
Anoop Shinh is manager of Shinh Media, publisher of Ambition Magazine. "I really want to establish this magazine. It appeals to everybody who wants to be successful, who wants to be motivated". He started in field sales electronics- working his way up in sales. He saw the need for a magazine for someone like himself and developed the business idea.
James Miller is Head of Engineering for radio company Somethin' Else. "Something I'm always proud of is the Brit Awards". His interest started from DJing. Now he wants to expand to video and cinematography.
Arif Rampuri works for Certus Sales as a recruitment consultant - two years after leaving school at 16. "It's just a case of being persistent for the right reasons". He started "pretty much being a personal assistant, dry cleaning, doing the admin, sort of tea boy, all that sort of stuff." He says "I'm now a consultant, carry revenue target, and it's just been an awesome two years".
Rob Popham is Sales Director of Certus Sales. "I was your lovable rogue, I was very naughty and never nasty." Rob feels he has got his success but "it wasn't like a duck to water. It took a lot of time and energy. You know, you're always improving, getting better, always have to work harder, work smarter, be more creative."
Frances Paulo is a Visitor Services Supervisor at the Scottish Parliament. She wants to use her languages to travel more. She finds her Spanish degree useful; "We get a lot of Spanish visitors, particularly as the architect of the Scottish parliament was a Catalan, Spanish architect". She thinks that is important to build her CV before she sets off on more travels.
Irene Armstrong organises school visits to the Scottish Parliament. "I like being in the front of house and dealing with people." Her family encouraged her to leave school early and work. She was discouraged from becoming a midwife and followed a secretarial route. Her career has been balanced by marriage and children "I wish I'd stayed on at school".
Kris Turvey is Head of Special Projects for Rolling Sound. He has recently worked with a group of young offenders to make an anti-knife crime computer game. He has always loved music but was steered towards studying English at university. He feels that his life has been a long process of trying to rectify that mistake.
Hiten Thakrar is a DJ tutor at Rolling Sound. He got started when a group of friends bought a turntable to share. But he was the only one to make a career out of it. He's worked all over the world, and now he is passing on his skills to the next generation.