Beth Saffer

BA Russian Studies (2009)

"The Russian department! It was a great place to study, a very supportive environment and lovely people. I got on with everyone on the course and have some fantastic memories."

Who are you currently working for and what is your job title?

Projects Coordinator at charity Chernobyl Children's Project (UK)

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?

I began full time work a few months after graduation. In those few months i applied for several jobs, and was offered role of Manager at a Barnados charity boutique shop. However, when i was offered this role, I jumped at the chance!

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

It combines several things which i am passionate about; Russian, Belarus, charity and working with people. It is incredibly varied and no two days are alike. I am able to really contribute towards something worthwhile and something of interest to me personally.

What was the best thing about your time as a student here?

The Russian department! It was a great place to study, a very supportive environment and lovely people. I got on with everyone on the course and have some fantastic memories.

In what way did living and studying in Birmingham live up to your expectations?

I didn't have any specific expectations, apart from becoming a more independent person!

How did you grow as a person by coming to University? Did it change your life in any way?

Yes, i grew in confidence as a person and my communication skills improved. My degree course completed changed the direction of my life, as I never knew what i wanted to do as an adult, but now i know and I love my job.

What advice would you give to current students studying on your degree programme?

Get involved with other projects and schemes outside of university. Contacts are very important when looking for a job, and any other experience you have will help.