Rowan: British Council Future Leader

Rowan has been a part of the British Council Future Leaders scheme since September 2012. Read about his career with British Council.

"I struggle to think of another employer that would give you so much variety"

I graduated from Sheffield in 2007 and spent two years in the CIS, teaching English in Moscow and working for a university in Kazakhstan. I came back to the UK to do a masters at SOAS and, after a short time working at the Department of Health, got a job at a PR agency, Portland Communications, working with clients from the former USSR.

I joined the British Council on the graduate programme in September 2012 and spent one and a half years in the communications team in London doing a number of roles including working in the Press Office, running social media accounts, and working on outreach projects promoting language learning in UK schools. In May 2014 I moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan to manage the Newton Fund, a new UK Government development project.

One of the best things about the British Council for me has been the wide range of different projects I’ve got to work on – you don’t have time to get bored. I struggle to think of another employer that would give you so much variety. I’ve also appreciated the chance to travel and work overseas, and have really enjoyed collaborating with colleagues from all around the world.

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.