A recent University of Leeds graduate in Russian studies and current part time postgraduate student engaged in social media research. I am looking for a graduate role that will allow the utilisation and development of my research skills, and that can compliment my interest in brand and business development, particularly with regards to the use of new media in establishing meaningful and impacting relationships between businesses and customers.
2013-Present University of Leeds
MA by Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (part time)
I am currently engaged in the researching and writing of a thesis on the use of social media platforms (specifically Twitter and Instagram) by Russian politicians to create an identity of modern and accessible government. The research process includes the collection, organisation, presentation, and analysis of data extracted from online blog and Twitter entries by Russian-speaking internet users. Expected completion date is July 2015.
2009-2013 University of Leeds
BA (Hons) Russian Studies 2:1
Notable modules included literary and business translation from Russian into English, a year abroad in Moscow, and the completion of a dissertation on the successes and failures of social media use in Russian oppositional and government movements.
Being a relatively new field of study, my dissertation strongly depended on developing my skills as a researcher, necessitating that I created and circulated original surveys, developed methods of collecting and storing large amounts of qualitative data, and presented findings through the use of charts and graphs.
2007-2009 Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
A levels: English literature (A), English language (A), Psychology (B)
January 2013 – Present Kitchen associate at JD Wetherspoons
Work as part of a team to prepare food for service as well as the cleaning and maintaining of the kitchen for service. Additional personal responsibilities include the training of new staff, the monitoring and ordering of non-consumable stock, and ensuring daily kitchen paperwork is completed.
High personal customer quality feedback, obtaining a prize for fastest service times during the pub’s record-breaking sales week.
Being placed in a position of trust in leading various shifts, responsible for the organisation of staff and dealing with any maintenance or customer complaint issues that arose.
November 2010 – July 2011 English tutor with English First
During my year abroad I took up work as an English tutor for professional adults alongside studying in Moscow. Working in both classrooms and in the homes of students required the ability to connect with individuals on a personal level, tailoring lesson plans to meet individual needs while not compromising on overall usefulness for classes.
Gaining the confidence to instruct and hold the attention of a group for several hours
Personal satisfaction of helping people gain confidence and qualifications in their language abilities.
Languages: Good fluency in Russian, with experience in literary and business translation. A year spent living in Moscow and engagement with Russian-speaking communities in Leeds have given me a strong sense of cultural awareness of the region.
IT Skills: Experienced in the use of Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel. Am comfortable with the use of both Mac OS and Windows platforms. Have good knowledge of business and personal applications of social media services due to current and past research projects.
Leadership: President of the University of Leeds’ Russian Society in 2011, responsible for organising social events, providing advice to other students, and establishing a relationship between the university and the Russian-speaking community in Leeds.
01/11/13 – 02/11/13 Post-socialism playing global: computer gaming industries and digital media culture
International workshop organized by the University of Birmingham and the University of Leeds with support from CEELBAS, University of Birmingham and The Leeds Russian Centre. Themes included the role of online media on the creation of personal and brand identities, the digital economy, and civil society in the digital era.
References are available upon request