"After my undergraduate degree in History at Royal Holloway, I knew I wanted to work in the heritage sector. The MA in Public History seemed like a great way to gain some practical skills.
I gained some invaluable experience on the course; researching and making the radio programme was fascinating - mine looked at the history of tea so I got to enjoy a cuppa with Fortnum and Mason's archivist, a tea specialist who has written books for the National Trust and the CEO of the UK Tea Council. I also had the chance to work as a historical researcher for a series called How We Got to Now, presented by Steven Johnson, which was broadcast on BBC2 and PBS (in America). My dissertation project for Egham Museum involved making six micro documentaries about objects in the museum relating to the first and second world war; the films are now on You Tube and one of them has been viewed 3,000 times.
The dissertation project helped me to get my current job at Surrey History Centre, working on the Surrey in the Great War project. The course, together with a six-month internship with the National Trust, was great preparation for working in my chosen field. I also spent a year working as a community fundraiser - walking around dressed as an elf was a highlight - and that gave me some valuable transferrable skills too, particularly persistence and how to engage the public.
I'm delighted to be doing my current job, it combines everything I was looking for; a respected organisation and varied experience. My ultimate career goal is to run the National Trust one day, but in the meantime I plan to enjoy the journey."