Harry Whitehead BA (2013, French & English) came to Liverpool from Preston in 2009. Nowadays, it is highly likely that you have seen his work, given his success as a photojournalist. Harry has photographed events as diverse as Crufts, Ladies’ Day at the Grand National, and UKIP’s manifesto launch.
Whilst in Liverpool, Harry took a wide range of modules, from French cinema through to psycholinguistics. For his year abroad, Harry spent two semesters on the Erasmus scheme at the Université de Provence, in Aix-en-Provence. He describes this year as not only a great opportunity to practise and improve his French, but also to experience a new and exciting culture first hand, to travel, and to make life-long friends.
On graduation, Harry studied for an NCTJ diploma in photojournalism, after which he landed a job as a photojournalist at Caters News Agency, a national news agency based in Birmingham. In this job, Harry sources original newsworthy content, as well as producing high quality imagery, for national and international news outlets. He is also expected to help manage an international picture desk and speak daily with a variety of partners/clients around the world.
The press industry is a global business and being able to converse in French not only impresses my employers and colleagues, but also helps tremendously when dealing with international clients, particularly when working to tight deadlines
Aside from learning French, Harry believes that his studies made him a more sociable, pro-active, and self-motivated person, which undoubtedly helps in his career. He is full of praise for his tutors at the University of Liverpool, and hopes that those considering studying languages see that a degree in modern languages does not limit one’s career path to teaching, but instead opens up an abundance of opportunities.