My name is Alexandra Dutton and I work as the Business Partnership Executive for Reach plc - Britain’s largest newspaper, magazine and digital publisher.
I went to school at Cleethorpes Academy when it used to be called the Lindsey School and Community Arts College.
I left school with 11 GCSE’s at A*to C, a mass of great experiences and lifelong friends.
English was my favourite subject, and I had a lot of notable teachers that helped to inspire me. When I chose my A-Level subjects at Franklin College, I naturally focussed on my interests: English Language, English Literature, and Government and Politics.
I knew that I wanted to pursue further study at university after really enjoying studying English at college.
In August 2012 I received my A-Level results and was accepted into Loughborough University to study English.
My university education taught me a tremendous amount, the self-directed study, the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people and the wealth of passion shared by the lecturers helped to make the three years truly unforgettable.
I would be lying if I didn’t say that the social side may have also contributed as well!
I went on to study for a Masters degree at The University of Lincoln. My Masters degree allowed me to specialise in a research area and completing my dissertation is to date one of my greatest academic achievements.
After graduating in September 2016 I was unsure about what exactly I wanted to do, at the time I was worried about this and thought I should have everything figured out but thinking back, I needed to be in the workplace before I could get clarity on my direction.
In October 2016 I accepted a job as a Graduate Area Manager for Amazon.
My first step on the career ladder taught me a lot about myself and what I wanted out of my career. My academic skills were transferred into employability skills and I met some fantastic colleagues that also inspired me with their career journeys.
At the start of this year I accepted my current role and integrated quickly within the team. I have always been interested by a career in the Media sector but was unsure whether this was a realistic possibility in the local area. Every day I continue to learn and develop in my role as the Business Partnership Executive for Britain’s largest newspaper and the most valuable piece of advice I have ever received is that this process never ends.