Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Angelique, I’m 22, I’m from Essex and I studied French and History at ULIP. Since finishing ULIP, I have moved back to the UK and started a new job as Cabin Crew for a flag carrier airline.
Where are you currently working, why did you apply for the job, and how are you finding it?
As I mentioned, I have started work as Cabin Crew. I applied for the job because of Elaine Sciolino, who made a speech at my graduation ceremony. She said that the best way to travel was to become an air hostess so I applied. I went for my interview as more of a “interview skills” exercise because I didn't think I would get the job. Aviation is a very competitive field but fast forward nearly a year and here I am!I am really loving the job, I get to explore new places, meet new people and even practice my french occasionally.
During your time at ULIP did you have a clear idea of what field of work you wanted to go into or is this something you are developing now/in the near future?
During my time at ULIP and after I left, I was very unsure about what I wanted to do in the future. I considered a masters but at the time it didn’t seem like the right decision for me to make. I wasn't worried because I was sure that the right thing would come along.
However, one thing I did know was that I wanted to do something that I really loved and I have definitely achieved that.
Is there anything you could suggest to improve the Careers Advice and/or Educational needs of the students at ULIP?
I think the careers advice at ULIP is good, but to improve, I think a wider range of fields could be suggested. The 9-5 life isn't for everybody, and there are plenty of more practical jobs that would suit the skill set attained at ULIP.
What are you looking forward to in the foreseeable regarding career prospects?
I know that I don't want to be cabin crew forever but I haven’t decided what I want to do as a more solid career yet. In a way, I am looking forward to not knowing what lies ahead. I love a bit of spontaneity in my life and I am sure that that is how I will decide my final career path. However, I reckon it will have something to do with France, I have unfinished business there.
What memories do you look back on when you think of your time at ULIP?
I have to say, my favourite memories largely include food or wine!
What piece of advice would you give to your slightly younger self/current students during at ULIP?
Enjoy every single second - live in the moment, don't think about next year or next week or even tomorrow. Don't sit on your phone or lock yourself away. Get out and about and live in the moment.
Study in every way - you can’t always learn from a book. Information will stick with you more if you learn it by living it. If you need to learn something about french history, go visit a museum - you live in Paris, there is absolutely no excuse. Also, when you have your downtime watching a film on netflix, watch with french subtitles - your brain should always be ready to learn a new word or phrase.
Get a part time job where you can speak french - you’ll not only learn french 3x as quickly and pick up vocab you never knew you needed, but you will meet people, create stories and earn some money.