I would say make the most of your placements. Being a freelancer, I’ve come to realise the importance of networking and how powerful it is. Use your placements to make contacts; you never know when they may be useful in later life! Also, if you want to set up your own business, the Enterprise Centre runs interesting workshops and can offer you helpful business advice.
We have a number of former students who now work at the University, continuing to be part of the Leeds Trinity community. Kate Greenwood, who graduated in 2014, works in our Admissions Team but she is also a talented freelance copywriter and proofreader. We caught up with her recently to find out about her favourite student memories, what she loves about her work and what advice she’d give to current students.
Why did you choose to study at Leeds Trinity and what are your favourite memories from your time here?
I chose Leeds Trinity as I liked the idea of going to a small, friendly university. It was also handy that I could move into halls but only be about an hour away from home when I wanted to pop back. My favourite thing about university has to be the friends I made here. I really enjoyed living in Ripon halls; it had a real community feel and everybody knew each other. In halls, I met my housemates that I went on to live with for two years afterwards.
How has your time at Leeds Trinity changed you as a person?
My time at Leeds Trinity definitely made me more independent. Whilst studying, I also had a part-time job as a Receptionist at the sports centre on campus which massively increased my confidence.
You are a copywriter and proofreader, can you tell us a little more about this?
I’ve always been a bit of a word nerd and became known for having an eagle eye. I was often asked to proofread things for family and friends which led on to writing things for people they know who own businesses. I decided to become a freelance copywriter and proofreader and now have my own website.
I write web content, blogs, case studies and more for small businesses who don’t have the time to do their own marketing or need help getting their message across to their customers. I also proofread and edit their existing content, reports and brochures to make sure they are error-free and look and sound professional.
What do you enjoy most about your freelance work?
I really enjoy getting paid to do something I enjoy: writing and editing. Getting to know my clients and their businesses in detail is interesting and I have learnt so many new things when researching and writing for different industries. I’ve written on all manner of topics, from wooden flooring to physiotherapy and nutrition. This knowledge will probably come in handy one day in a very random pub quiz! It’s always nice getting good feedback from clients and the excitement of seeing something I’ve written published online never gets old.
How would you describe Leeds Trinity in three words?
Friendly, supportive, community
Do you have any advice for current students?
I would say make the most of your placements. I stuck with what I knew at the time and arranged my own placement doing something I’d already done before. I wish I’d spread my wings more and made the most of the opportunity to learn something new. Being a freelancer, I’ve come to realise the importance of networking and how powerful it is. Use your placements to make contacts; you never know when they may be useful in later life! Also, if you want to set up your own business, the Enterprise Centre runs interesting workshops and can offer you helpful business advice.