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Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool likes to keep in touch with its graduates and occasionally highlights individuals and their careers. Tom Bamborough BA (2012, French and Business Studies) currently works for IBM on their graduate programme and came to Liverpool in 2008 from Cambridgeshire.

In addition to his French for business modules, Tom took modules in business strategy, marketing, and corporate governance. For his year abroad, Tom spent two semesters at the University of Liverpool’s Erasmus partner in Grenoble. Here, in addition to improving his communication skills in French and learning about life in this part of France, he perfected his snowboarding.

Tom Bamborough at work at IBM in London

Tom Bamborough at work at IBM in London

Living abroad in Grenoble gave me this great sense of adventure, as if every day was exposing me to something new.

Tom’s career path on graduation was not as smooth as he had initially hoped. Having decided to work a ski season in the Alps, he broke his collarbone on the first day the lifts opened, so returned home to recover, and then a temporary job as a punt chauffeur on the Cam. Whilst working in retail for Ralph Lauren at their home department store in central London, Tom successfully applied to IBM’s graduate programme.

The graduate programme has not only allowed Tom to travel to places as varied as Dublin, Herrenberg, and Las Vegas, but also given him the opportunity to work in an area, namely sales, that has long interested him. On a day-to-day basis, Tom prospects for new clients, and works with the other security software reps and business partners who already have accounts with IBM. At the moment, Tom doesn’t get much opportunity to use his French, but given the global reach of IBM, and the range of opportunities on the graduate programme, he hopes to return to the language he perfected at Liverpool.

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