CLAS Graduate Profile
Gerry McAuley completed his BA in Hispanic Studies and Philosophy in 2011 at the University of Liverpool. He then stayed on to study for a Master’s degree in Modern Languages, for which he won a scholarship from the AHRC. Gerry reflects on the highlights of both his undergraduate and postgraduate career at Liverpool, and tells us how it helped him to secure a competitive job as a headhunter in a search company.
The other benefits of the year abroad are numerous but I’d like to highlight some of the more unexpected ones: a heightened appreciation for British culture, and the realisation of just how important it is to focus on relationships with family and friends, as being away for a long time tends to make you realise how central they are to your long-term happiness. My Spanish ability improved massively too and I’d recommend taking up a sport as a way of meeting a lot of people. The year abroad is also fantastic for setting yourself apart and gives you something interesting to talk about in job interviews, particularly if, like me, you were doing two or three jobs while out there.
employer, as you can open up access to millions of people. I love my job as it constantly challenges me and I am always learning new things. Thankfully my view that having a Master’s would set me apart in the job market has proved to be correct – I was able to secure a position before graduating, and the skills developed in my MA contributed greatly to this. It’s very easy to demonstrate you’re self-motivated and organised, in addition to being able to bring high-level analytical skills and a language to the business.