Jessica Dolphin

Graduated BA (Hons) History - 2013

Current Profession Graduate Scheme, Leeds City Council

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“My time in the History department really changed the way I thought about the world. From day one we were taught to question everything, to always ask why and not to take anything at face value.”

A broad understanding of the world, an enquiring mind and a range of handy transferable skills make History graduates highly sought after in today’s competitive job market.

Jessica Dolphin is one of many Edge Hill alumni to secure a place on a prestigious graduate training scheme, and her job with Leeds City Council is allowing her to use her skills, and her passion for women’s history, on a daily basis.

“I’ve been interested in women’s history from a very young age, so although I didn’t know about Edge Hill’s role in the Suffragist movement at the time, it seems fitting that I ended up studying there.

“My time in the History department really changed the way I thought about the world. From day one we were taught to question everything, to always ask why and not to take anything at face value.

“Thanks to some very inspirational tutors, I developed an interest in politics and became the History course rep for the Students’ Union, where I listened to students’ concerns and helped to bring about change. This experience, along with encouragement from my tutors, helped to broaden my options for the future, and I decided I wanted to do something related to politics after graduation.

“When I’d finished my MA, I applied for the graduate programme at Leeds City Council because I thought it was a really interesting time to be working in local government. There are a lot of challenges around culture change but I felt it was somewhere I could fit in and make a difference. I’m currently based in the Children’s Services Education department working with the Home Education and Exclusions Monitoring team. To date I’ve set up a Parents’ Forum for home educating parents and helped organise various events including some for International Women’s Day, for which I managed to secure the attendance of my local MP Rachel Reeves.

“The graduate scheme gives you lots of opportunities for professional development and networking as well as the chance to get involved in cross-discipline projects to build up your knowledge and contacts. I’m currently working on a project around digital inclusion which gives me exposure to people in senior roles and a deeper understanding of the Council’s work at a strategic level.

“I believe my time at Edge Hill prepared me well for working life. It taught me to think independently and make the most of every opportunity. I feel very fortunate to be working in such an exciting environment and to be able to work on projects that make a difference to women and families in my home city.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) History.