Louisa Grocott

Louisa Grocott graduated with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2010. She is now working as a PR Account Executive in Birmingham.

Louisa GrocottWhat was the best thing about your degree?

“One of the positive aspects of my degree was the freedom to be creative – there were no restraints; many people wrote screenplays or short stories, but I chose to specialise in poetry, which I loved. Another aspect was the Children’s Literature module in 3rd year - I was given permission to independently study my own choice of texts, and thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing about children’s literature of war and atrocity, reading foreign texts in translation to prepare my argument."

Can you tell us about your current role?

"I now work as a PR Account Executive at Core Marketing and Events Ltd, based in Birmingham. One of the best things about my job is the variety. From working alongside the project management team organising fundraising dinners for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, to writing press releases for national residential housebuilders, every day is different! I am also a member of the development committee at Birmingham Future, a networking organisation for young business professionals in Birmingham. I mentor two students and organise a variety of professional development events for both members and non-members within the business community."

What are some of your favourite memories from being at university?

"One of my favourite memories from my time at Birmingham was volunteering to show English alumni around the university and talking to them about my experience. Many of the visitors had given large sums of money to the university over the years, so it was great to talk to them about what their donations had been spent on, telling them about my experience as a student in today’s society, and discuss all the great work the university was continuing to do to make it a better place for students and staff. Another was handing in the last essay of the year and buying an ostrich burger from the farmer’s market – sitting with friends on the grassy areas on campus. It reminds me of one of the only times in life when I really had not a care in the world!"