Terence Conchie BA (2013, French and English) is one of Modern Languages & Cultures‘ home-grown graduates, hailing originally from Stoneycroft in central Liverpool. Terence began his studies on one of the Faculty’s most popular degree programmes in 2009, and currently lives in Kent, with a job that takes him back and forth between France and the UK.
For his year abroad, Terence was an English language assistant in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris. Terence was posted to a primary school, and whilst this placement confirmed that teaching wasn’t his ideal career, he had a great time in France’s capital. He also feels that this spell in France gave him confidence in both the French language and his own abilities.
Without my degree from Liverpool and the confidence developed in my language skills I would never have landed my first job at Castorama
On graduating, Terence joined the Kingfisher group on their graduate training programme, which saw him spend a year working for B&Q in Southampton and another year in Lille with Castorama, the French version of B&Q. At the end of the graduate scheme, Terence joined P&O Ferries as a buyer, in particular in tobacco, ales, wines, and spirits for the on-board shops. Even Terence acknowledges the irony of moving from learning about DIY materials to more familiar territory in his new job.