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Charlotte Walsh

Charlotte Walsh
Charlotte Walsh (BA English and American Literature 2000-03) has just got a new job working as a Communications Officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, so spends her days helping promote all their dogs and cats.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I liked the idea of being a vet until I realised I'd have to do operations, and then toyed with being a witch (I should point out I was six at the time). My career aspirations then moved onto being an author, and somewhere around secondary school I settled on the idea of being a journalist.

What was the best careers advice you were given?
To love what you do. It sounds stupidly simple, but there are plenty of people who are not very happy between the hours of 9am and 5pm, and it seems like such a waste.

What does your job involve?
My day-to-day role involves promoting Battersea to the outside world, writing press releases and looking after journalists. I also help look after our celebrity supporters when they visit Battersea.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Trying not to take all our residents home! We have an average of 550 dogs and 250 cats across our three sites at any one time, and they are all brilliant — seriously, if you are ever looking to adopt a dog or cat then please come to Battersea. My dog is a Battersea boy and I can't imagine life without him.

What have you done that you are most proud of?
I was really proud to get my job at Battersea, as it's an organisation I've wanted to work at for a long time. Whenever I tell people where I work they are always really interested, and it's lovely to have a job like that.

What drives you?
At Battersea it's knowing that every piece of PR I do could result in someone seeing a dog or cat who'd be a perfect match for them.

What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?

I'd love to own my own house. With a garden and lots of room. I'm not asking for much...

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?
My dog Mario (he's not technically an object, but he's very fun), a book and some kind of daft cocktail.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone fun who loved dogs. Oh, and a kick-ass baker.

What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
Ahh, too many! I loved Warwick, but highlights were meeting my friend Claire on my first day, and then generally being silly together for three years – whether that was dancing like fools at Top Banana, or looking for boys in the Library. I also spent far too much time in the Boar offics, and loved every minute of it. (I promise I did get a degree at the same time as all this...)

Do you have any advice for new graduates and undergraduates?
I'd definitely recommend going travelling for a bit – it's easy to think you should rush into a job straight away, and people get all serious and talk about the economic climate and the scarcity of jobs and the like. So make the most of not having a job and have a bit of fun. There will be plenty of serious office stuff waiting for you when you get back.

Anything else you would like to add?
I'm not saying this just because I work at Battersea, but I really would urge anyone thinking of getting a dog or cat to think of us first. Come and have a look around our cattery and kennels and have a chat with one of our Rehomers. We have hundreds of dogs and cats all looking for a loving home, and they really deserve to find their perfect new owner. Please come and meet them!

Charlotte Walsh: the facts
Age
28
Career Graduate Trainee, United Business Media
News Reporter, Travel Trade Gazette
Web Editor, Travel Trade Gazette
Communications Officer, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Lives
London
Education BA Hons English & American Literature, University of Warwick, 2000-03
PG Diploma in Magazine Journalism, City University 2004-05
Interests Anything crafty, baking, and my dog Mario.
Website www.battersea.org.uk

Charlotte Walsh


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