Lucy Orchiston

Linguistics and the English Language, 2011

Lucy grew up in Loughborough and Bangor felt just like a home away from home to her. In her first year she lived in the brand new Alaw accommodation – with the Menai Strait outside of her bedroom window and Snowdon outside of her kitchen window. Lucy says “I joined Bangor University as a terrified 18 year old who had no idea what to expect. Moving to North Wales was both daunting yet exciting, and truth be told I look back now and wish I had appreciated it more!”

In her second year at Bangor Lucy she was a course representative which involved attending meetings with the Head of School to discuss departmental changes and act as a voice for her peers. She also became somewhat of an agony aunt, as she, along with her housemate, wrote a regular problem column in Seren, the University’s student newspaper. Lucy was also on the front cover of the 2010 Bangor University prospectus!

After graduating with a 2.1, Lucy began a career in recruitment. In her first role Lucy worked closely with internal HR teams and became fascinated by the work that they did. Lucy now enjoys a successful career working as a Recruitment Manager at Euro Car Parts. Lucy says: “Studying at Bangor pushed me out of my comfort zone – tight deadlines, lots of theory work and reading, and as we were a relatively small team we spent a lot of time discussing and presenting which really built my confidence. My experience at Bangor definitely gave me many skills which have equipped me for the work place – most importantly confidence and tenacity, skills that have driven me and kept me on track even when faced with the toughest of challenges.”

In her current role at Euro Car Parts Lucy has made significant changes in the HR department, pioneering employment engagement initiatives and internal training development courses for aspiring managers. She is about to start her CIPD level 5 in HR management, which she is studying as an extension of her degree.