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Clarisse Encontre

Trainee Consultant: Leidar

Alumna Clarisse graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a BA in International Relations. Clarisse now works as an Trainee Consultant at Leidar, and enjoys the fast-changing nature of her job.

Why did you choose to study International Relations at Loughborough University?

I’ve always had an interest in history and geography, mainly from travelling. As I grew older I became more aware of different activities in the world, including politics, decision making, and the importance of human rights and equality.

Being born close to Geneva in Switzerland, where the European UN headquarters are based also played a strong role in choosing International Relations. Loughborough University is famous for sports, and I consider myself a good team player and enjoy competition. 

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

I think the overall university experience from the first to the very last day, is a unique experience in itself. I developed new hobbies and interests in specific subjects. I even got the chance to study in Madrid through an Erasmus programme offered by my department, which was the highlight of my degree.

I then decided to pursue a Masters degree in Media and Communications, which helped me define my career interests even more.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Go to all your lectures, especially seminars - lecturers notice everything! During your seminars that’s where you learn about your subject in detail. I would also encourage you to take a language, such as French, German or Spanish; employers want to hire people who are bilingual or trilingual. Finally, always aim for the top and never be afraid to ask questions.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

During my first year I had time to explore and take part in different activities such as break-dance, athletics and Model United Nations. I made new friends outside my course, some of which I am still in touch with today. Activities were a good way to breathe, have fun and get my head out of studying for a bit.

How have the skills and knowledge you gained studying impacted on your current career and skillset?

I learnt how to manage my time and organise my schedule towards deadlines. Then on the social side I developed good team building and interpersonal skills. All of these have been applied to my professional environment.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

Since graduating my career path has been continuously evolving. I’ve worked as a project coordinator for the Alumni Relations and Career Services of a private University, then I worked as a contributing writer for different magazines and a leading Swiss newspaper. Today, I work as a Communications Consultant at consultancy firm in Geneva. 

Can you tell us more about your current job?

Today, I work as a Trainee Consultant at a consultancy firm in Geneva called Leidar. I provide different communications and PR services to various clients, both private and public sector. I also help in the organisation and planning of events and general office management for the company.

What do you love the most about your job?

The team I work with, and the projects I work on for clients. Being based in Geneva is also a luxury - I get to jump in the lake for a swim after work!

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

I'm still early in my career, but I'm proud of various projects I’ve completed so far.


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