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Lauren Bower BA (2012, French) made the journey from Stockport to Merseyside, starting her degree during the year that Liverpool was European Capital of Culture and now works for Bloomberg, the financial software, data, and media company, based in London.

Lauren Bower at Bloomberg's London headquarters, in front of one of their tropical-fish tanks

Lauren Bower at Bloomberg’s London headquarters, in front of one of their tropical-fish tanks

During her studies in Liverpool, Lauren studies focussed – unintentionally in her words – on the Second World War, and most modules she elected to take examined the war through one lens or another. Lauren spent her year abroad as an English language assistant in Paris, which she really enjoyed, apart from the writing of school reports – attestations – for 100 Year 6 pupils. In Liverpool, Lauren remembers particularly fondly the breadth of activities taking place during the Capital of Culture festival, and she remembers more of these activities than some of the seminars and lectures she attended.

My absolute favourite part of my studies were the number of authors and film directors to whose work I was exposed

Lauren is now a team leader in Customer Support for Bloomberg, and her day-to-day work involves helping the company’s teams to support clients working on the Bloomberg terminal. Much of her time is devoted to project management, as well as coaching and developing her team. Part of her role involves quality assessment, so she translates calls from French and assists French clients over the telephone, which means that her technical vocabulary has improved significantly since she left Liverpool.