January 21, 2014, by Beth Dawson

From Lawyer to CEO: Victoria’s Ambition Transformation

By Victoria Gorissen, BA Hispanic Studies and Russian (2015)

When I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer

I wanted to help people and thought this was the way to do it, by defending them in court. I also admired lawyers, judges and everyone who works with the law because it is a tough job.

When I was 16, I wanted to be a sound engineer

Music is my passion so, at the time, I thought there was no better way to do what I am passionate about than this job. It also seemed very exciting and a good opportunity to meet other artists!

What do I want to be when I grow up?

I am interested in doing and trying different things. Languages and music are important to me, so they will always be central to the jobs I pursue in the future. I am also interested in volunteering and find it very fulfilling, but I cannot say for certain what I will do. I’ll let the future decide that.

What job do I see myself doing in ten years?

I would like to work in interpretation or translation. My other passion is languages; there is no better way to learn about the culture and history of a country than learning its language. Likewise, reading books, then translating and interpreting them for someone is very interesting.

I plan on doing postgraduate studies in translation and interpretation to gain all the skills required to pursue this career. In addition, I am trying to gain practical experience through summer jobs, internships and other types of work. Hopefully, I will find a great job after university and eventually, I will be able to start my own company!

If, like Victoria, you want to gain practical experience to support your ambitions through work experience, volunteering and extracurricular activities we have a range of resources, and you can book in an appointment with a careers adviser via My Career for further guidance.

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