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Simon Hodgson BA (2010, European Film Studies & German) came to Liverpool from Eyam in Derbyshire, but as a direct consequence of his degree now finds himself living in Berlin, having both worked and studied in Germany’s capital.

Simon Hodgson in Berlin

Simon Hodgson in Berlin

With his interest in German history and films piqued during his school days, Simon was excited by the prospect that his degree in the department of Modern Languages & Cultures offered him to develop his language skills, explore more profoundly Germany’s history, and see how the film industry in Germany and beyond has been inspired by and use as a tool by various political movements.

Simon’s year abroad was spent working for The Berlin Story, a Berlin-based company comprising a publishing house, a Berlin literature specialist bookshop, and a museum documenting the history of Berlin. Whilst working there, he worked on translations, managed the foreign-language section of the bookshop, and assisted with the conception and installation of a permanent exhibition about the history of Berlin. Not only did Simon improve his spoken German during his year abroad, but he made several connections meaning that, on the day after his final examination in Liverpool, he returned to Berlin to start full-time work there.

Six years after graduation, the fact I am still in contact with numerous members of staff is testament to the dedication and devotion within Modern Languages & Cultures

Since graduation, he has had several jobs, including marketing a Berlin-based language magazine, sales for an international business conference event management company, and translating, including for the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in the world. For someone who studied German and film at university, this was an ideal job! Simon is now studying for a master’s degree in German as a foreign language a Berlin’s Freie Universität. He has recently finished his second semester and has been lucky enough to secure a DAAD scholarship to fund the next semester in Beijing to teach German and German Cultural Studies at Peking University.

Simon says that his time at the University of Liverpool was without a doubt the springboard into his career and life in Germany. He remembers vividly how the teaching staff were always there to help his through the trickier moments learning a language can throw at you, as well as to celebrate his successes with him.

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