Company Director

What do you do for a living?

I am a Company Director. We organise language,educational and cultural programmes for students visiting the UK and Ireland.

How did you get interested in what you do?

I fell into it by chance whilst working abroad after a University degree. Started as a summer job as a typist and end up with my own company (after about 20 years).

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

Scottish Highers-> MA in Sociology -> France as an Au Pair (2 years) -> summer job in a French language travel company ->11 years there working up to a managerial position in the French company -> moved to England to create and manage a UK office for French company(6 years) -> back to Scotland to set up my own Inbound company in 2006.

French  - Higher level at school -> total immersion living in the country itself with a couple of courses in the beginning at the local Chamber of
Commerce.

Talk us through a day in your life

Hours vary as the seasons do and as I am a director I can chose my own working schedule. Most varied day would be admin - accounts - banking - bookings - marketing - meeting clients and students. For example A-Z tasks of what might be involved in organising a school trip for a foreign class visiting the UK or Ireland - admin, accommodation, ground transport, visits, lessons, insurance, meeting the suppliers, meeting the clients, documents, inspections and accounts.

Was this your planned career when you were 18?

No - I was not sure what I wanted to do. I made the decision to do a University degree which might give me the skills I did not think I had gained at school at the time (self-study, analytical and organisations skills, living away from home)  which I could use in a variety career paths.

What did your parents want you to do?

My parents wanted me to become a geography or maths teacher as I was good at these subjects at school in the end they were happy that I was happy!

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

Do some sort of further education course after school, possibly in business/languages, then go abroad to work in the same domain to really put into practice a foreign language or learn a new one or work for a company doing the same business in the UK. Be geographically mobile and have a good work ethic.

What other career directions could you go in? 

I could teach English to foreign students - become a Director of Studies in a language school. I could probably do almost any admin job or PA work or go into another managerial job. It is a career in which you have to cover so many areas which could then be applied to other domains (with a little extra training).