Benjamin J. Mainprize Resume
Benjamin J. Mainprize
261 N. Madison Ave. Apt. 206, Pasadena, CA 91101
Recent UK graduate of Politics and International Relations looking to bolster previous writing, research, and copy-editing experience with the Independent Newspaper Group. Education has instilled the value of communicational clarity, critical thinking, and detail-orientation while a keen interest in political journalism has developed a strong understanding of the norms of modern reporting. 50+ hour weeks, nightshifts, and maintaining simultaneous jobs at university demonstrate a familiarity with hard work.
Have travelled extensively and lived in the UK, US, and Australia. Enjoy cycling and reading, also played basketball at county level and was heavily involved in the performing arts at school and college.
2015-2018 BA Politics and International Relations – University of Kent, Canterbury.
Emphasis on Middle East; US politics, foreign policy, conflict, and political philosophy.
Achieved a first-class mark for my thesis analysing the religious rhetoric of Donald Trump.
Considerable use of statistical software (Excel, Nvivo, SPSS).
Worked with online student newspaper and regularly peer-reviewed articles/essays.
Extra-curricular involvement in the debate, current affairs, skiing, and drama societies.
2010-2014 Sir Thomas Rich’s Academy, Gloucester.
A-level grades A-C – Mathematics, Politics, English Literature, and Physics.
GCSE grades A*-A – History, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, French, etc.
Attained top in my class for A-level Mathematics.
05/2019-Present Sales associate – Total Wine & More, Pasadena, CA.
11/2018-03/2019 Sales associate – Majestic Wine, Ripon.
11/2015-08/2018 Tour guide – Canterbury Punting Company, Canterbury.
Provided guided historic boat tours, also sold tickets and managed schedule.
11/2015-05/2016 Bartender – Club Burrito, Canterbury.
04/2015-08/2015 Bartender – The National Hunt, Cheltenham.
11/2014-04/2015 Welder – M.A.M.E. Engineering, Melbourne.
Primarily MIG welding, producing mining equipment to tight schedules.
11/2011-10/2014 Sales associate – ASDA Stores Ltd, Cheltenham.
Exceptional communication skills –
both verbal and written English. Personable, confident, and
Eager to learn. Staunch work ethic.
Analytical and intuitive (having studied both arts and sciences). Experienced and adaptable.
Writer, copy editor, research, diligence, integrity, strong written communication skills.