I chose to study at Aston because the topics covered in the course really appealed to me- focusing on culture rather than literature for the languages seemed great! It also has an excellent reputation for graduate employment rates which for me was one of the most important factors when considering a university.
The class sizes are small so it makes classes friendlier and you feel at ease to ask questions or talk to lecturers about problems as you know them quite well. Campus life in first year is amazing, it’s such a small community and everyone is so friendly, you can’t walk across campus without bumping into someone you know- all your friends live on your doorstep a maximum of 5 minutes walk away which means you make friends really quickly.
I have just come back from my placement year where I worked as an English Language Assistant in Pau, France for Total and as an English Language Assistant in Buenos Aires, Argentina via the British Council scheme. I was fully supported by the placements office in my applications for these jobs- they helped me translate my CVs into both French and Spanish and were always there to answer any queries I had. The placements were a great opportunity to try out teaching which I loved, however due to the international relations part of my course and learning more about the British Council I am interested in pursuing a career in International Cultural Relations.