Ellie talks about her experiences working (and travelling) with British Council, starting with the Future Leaders Scheme

"I have been lucky enough to travel to India, Brazil, Portugal and Ukraine"

When I left university, with a BA in French and Italian, I felt pretty uncertain about what to do next. I had worked as an English language teacher during my Year Abroad and that experience led me into my first job, at a publishing company where I worked on coursebooks and digital content for English language learners. I built up my product development and editorial skills and completed a part-time CELTA course, gaining a qualification in English language teaching.

In 2012, I was ready for a change and a new challenge, and decided to apply for a graduate role on the English Product Development team at the British Council. Since then, I’ve spent a year living and working in Hong Kong, and have been lucky enough to travel to India, Brazil, Portugal and Ukraine, to deliver training sessions to writers and editors. I’ve worked across a wide range of different products and have learnt such a lot; there have been so many opportunities for professional development through on-the-job learning, training courses and the graduate scheme itself.

At the end of the graduate programme, I started a new role in English Product Development. I now manage a team of editors, and am also involved in scoping, developing and user testing new products – whether that’s an app for learning grammar, or an open online English course with over 120,000 registered learners!

The Future Leaders Scheme is aimed at for UK young professionals. Work abroad opportunities for students and recent grads can be found on our website