Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Jul 2015

Project Manager

Nanhai Experimental Primary School, China

Worked as part of the international teaching department in a private boarding school of 2400 pupils.  Managed an intercultural team of twenty teachers.

  • Recruited a team of foreign experts, teaching a multitude of classes of between 30-50 children for at least 18 hours each week.
  • As international course coordinator, I pioneered extra-curricular activities such as language carnivals, dance shows and musical dramas to market the school's presence in the local community.
  • Championed an immersive, interactive teaching style.  
  • Proudly accomplished visible results in terms of English fluency for the majority of students as demonstrated by beginning and end of year test results.
  • Mediated workplace disputes between foreign teachers and Chinese hosts with an intercultural respect for both sides.
  • Chinese employer not only offered to renew my contract at the end of the first year, but promoted me to project manager.
May 2012 - Aug 2012

Business Development Officer

Aux Deux Épis Boulangerie, France

In order to consolidate my French learning at university, I worked at a small, organic bakery in the Loire Valley in the summer of 2012.

  • Created a streamlined production schedule to combat wastage.
  • Analysed local market to enable effective marketing implementation, including introducing a range of consumer incentives.
  • Negotiated with French suppliers on a daily basis.
  • Researched competition and executed strategies accordingly.
  • Operations are profitable as of 2013.
Dec 2010 - Nov 2011

Personal Loan Underwriter

Tesco Bank Plc., UK

Gained a solid working knowledge of the British financial industry approving customer loans.  Up to date with market trends.

  • High degree of accountability: mandatory 100% data entry accuracy.
  • Honed my analytical and numerical skills.
  • Calculated individual credit scores to issue the customer's APR. 
  • Complied with financial risk assessment protocols.
  • Received extensive training on fraud detection and prevention.
  • Liaised between IT, fraud and support teams.
  • Supervised teams during periods of manager absence.
Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

Sales Manager

The Coach House (part of the Balmore Trust Group), UK

As part of my Duke of Edinburgh volunteering scheme, I was appointed part-time manager.  I personally enacted initiatives in:

  • Stock taking - replaced archaic hand-written inventory management with automated system.
  • Enacted modern visual merchandising and brand strategy. 
  • Conducted cost/benefit analysis during renovations. 
  • Executed a social media campaign to promote the charity.
Aug 2009 - May 2010

Tailor and Menswear Consultant

Jaeger Company Limited, UK

With an keen interest in fashion, working at Jaeger, tailoring luxury bespoke menswear  to a discerning clientele was an extremely rewarding experience.

  • Measured and fitted suits.  Advised customers on tailoring. 
  • Provided first-rate luxury brand customer service.
  • Consistently beat monthly sales targets.
2010 - 2010

Outbound Sales Executive

Optical Express, UK

High-pressure outbound sales to new and existing customers, arranging optometrist appointments.

  • Surpassed successful calls per hour rate on a regular basis.
  • Learnt the tricky art of the perfect cold call - attentive, to the point and honest.

Education

Education
2009 - 2013

Master of Arts French

University of Edinburgh, UK

Additionally I undertook economic history and Spanish modules.

My dissertation, addressing the rise of the extreme-right in French politics, received a commendation and was written entirely in French.  I interviewed a number of leading political figures and researched the subject thoroughly. 

2011 - 2012

Erasmus Year Abroad Programme

Université Catholique de Louvain , Belgium

Spending a year in Belgium to hone my French was one of the most satisfying experiences to date.  I was able to expand my professional network and explore Belgian business practices while studying European history, linguistics and film.

2003 - 2009

SQA Highers and Advanced Highers

Douglas Academy, UK

Highers: Maths (A), English (A), IT (A), Spanish (A), French (A), Business Management (A), Economics (A), Graphic Design (B), Art and Design (B).

Advanced Highers: French (A), English (A), Maths (B).

Production and Editorial Experience 

During my time in China, my colleague and I wrote, filmed and co-produced a video series encouraging more foreigners to relocate to the country.

  • Hosted the series (https://goo.gl/6Ui8eU)
  • Wrote, filmed and assistant-directed the three minute short videos.
  • Drafted budget sheets, shooting schedules and client packages.
  • Scouted locations and liaised with Chinese counterparts.
  • Currently in discussion with the Asian Academy of Aeronautics, in the Maldives, to create an visual advertising campaign in collaboration with their pilots and trainers.

My copy writing and proof reading experience encompasses menu design, travel articles for an online expat magazine and various promotional features for Glaswegian businesses.