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David Taylor BA (2013, French & English) is another of our graduates who has gone on to do something creative on graduation, demonstrating how skills acquired in Modern Languages and Cultures are genuinely transferable. David, who came to Liverpool from our local rival city of Manchester, is now a journalist working as a reporter for the Gloucester Citizen.

David Taylor with Sajid Javid, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

David Taylor interviews the Rt Hon. Sajid Javid, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

David chose his degree combination because he was most passionate about English literature but recognised that combining this with French would give him a competitive advantage in the jobs market. After two years in Liverpool, and despite knowing that he did not want to become a teacher on graduation, David applied successfully to become an English language assistant, and was posted to two schools in Le Mans.

The chance to spend a year in France was by far the biggest draw of the course and, in retrospect, was probably one of the most important things I have ever done.

In addition to developing his language skills, David believes that his year in Le Mans made him much more confident as an individual, and he was amazed on his return to the UK to see how easy it is to work and socialize in his first language. On graduation, David studies for a NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at the University of Salford, and started his first job in December 2015 at The Gloucester Citizen, a daily newspaper serving a city of about 110,000 people.

In his day-to-day job, David sources and writes news stories for the paper and its website, speaking to anybody from MPs, city councillors and the emergency services, to residents who want their voices heard. Although the words on the page are what people see, 80 per cent of the work he does is ‘under the surface’, aiming to find out what is going on in the city before anybody else does. Although he does not use his French language skills on a daily basis, David is sure that the ability to speak another modern language will only be seen as an advantage as his career develops.