Benjamin Michael Small
Education and Qualifications
2007-2011 – University of Leeds
Joint Honours BA Geography and History (Int.), 2:1: Developed skills of analysis, problem solving, time-management, teamwork, research and written and verbal communication throughout my studies. My dissertation was on the history of racial segregation in Chicago.
2009-2010 – McMaster University
Study Abroad Year: During my third year of university I studied in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada as part of the study abroad scheme at the University of Leeds.
2000-2007 – Oakwood Park Grammar School, Maidstone
3 A-levels: Geography (A), English Language (A), Media Studies (A)
2 AS levels: History (A), Computing (B)
11 GCSEs: (A*-B) including English (A), Maths (B) and Science (A)
Feb ’12 – present – Adfero, Leeds, Content Writer: I write and research high quality online content, including news, features, blogs, video scripts, landing pages, white papers and case studies, for a variety of clients and within strict deadlines on a daily basis. Clients include Metro, American Express, the Internet Advertising Bureau and Swiftcover. Sub-editing the work of others is a key part of the job, requiring me to read through around 5,000 words per day to check for spelling and grammatical before the content goes live.
June ’11 – Oct ’11 – Newcity, Editorial Intern, Chicago, Editorial Intern: I pitched, researched and wrote stories for Newcity, a free, weekly cultural newspaper in Chicago with a circulation of 70,000. I wrote on a variety of topics including news articles on cultural events in the city, concert previews and general pieces about interesting people or organisations in Chicago. All articles required interviews with those involved. My biggest project was an in-depth review of Chicago’s English pubs, which was a cover piece on October 6, 2011.
June ’11 – Oct ’11 – Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago, Communications Intern: My main duties for this Muslim civil liberties advocacy organisation involved writing opinion editorials on issues in the Muslim community, press releases and letters to the editor. Other duties included monitoring Chicago’s media for prejudice and bias, using Photoshop to edit images for the website and maintaining the organisation’s social media outlets.
Dec ’09 – July ’10 – 63336 Ltd, Internet Researcher: I worked from home writing and researching for a question-and-answer based text messaging service. It involves researching new subjects quickly and efficiently, summarising (often complex) information in an accessible, concise manner and writing within strict guidelines.
Sept ’09 – April ’10 – The Silhouette, Hamilton, Writer: I wrote for the arts and entertainment supplement of McMaster University’s The Silhouette newspaper on a weekly basis.
Sept ’08 – June ‘11 – Leeds Student, Leeds, Writer: I regularly wrote for the LS2 supplement of the University of Leeds student paper.
June ’11 – Oct ’11 – Karyn’s on Green, Chicago, Bartender/Mixologist: I bartended in a very busy, upscale, vegan restaurant that specialises in hand-crafted cocktails.
Sept ’10 – May ‘11 – Leeds Student Radio, DJ: A friend and I wrote, promoted and presented a radio show.
August ’10 – Middle Eastern Broadcasting Company (MBC), Audio Transcriber: I transcribed hour-long interviews between British researchers and employees of MBC.
July ’09 – Sept ’09 – Stone Court Hotel, Maidstone, Night Porter: I worked through the night as the only employee. Tasks included running audits, making bookings and running the bar.
June ‘08 – June ’09 – Sainsbury’s Local, Leeds (Jan ’09 – June ’09), Maidstone (June ’08 – Sept ’08) Customer Service Assistant: I worked on the checkouts and stacking shelves on the shop floor.