BA English and Drama (2009)
After working in Southwark Community Projects at Shakespeare’s Globe throughout his degree and then completing a year as President of the Students’ Union, James worked as Assistant to the Directors’ Office at Battersea Arts Centre before moving onto the National Theatre where he now works as the Watch This Space Festival and Platforms Assistant. Watch This Space is a free summer festival of outdoor entertainment showcasing some of the best work in the outdoor arts sector from across the world.
"I chose English and Drama at Royal Holloway because of the integration of both disciplines. The two were treated as complementary subjects rather than completely detached, the latter which I’d seen at other universities. I was also drawn to the fact that the staff in both departments are practicing researchers, professionals and pioneers in their fields.
"Not only did Royal Holloway offer me a huge breadth of academic knowledge, it also taught me the importance of being organised, working efficiently in a team, being tactful and always communicating effectively in order to succeed. Students are consistently learning these skills every day of their university careers, and it is these elements combined with a concrete knowledge of my subject area that have really helped my career to develop.
"My main advice to any student would be to utilise every opportunity presented to them whilst at university, but to never lose sight of post-university plans. Three or four years may seem like a long time, but it is over sooner than you know it: always complement your academic study with experience outside of university through work placements, internships and so on, as you’ll then be the student who stands out from that increasingly large pool of graduate job applicants."