Mark Moreau: BA(Hons) Philosophy
Mark graduated in 2009. He is currently Digital Consultant for AND Digital.
What was your best experience while studying your course at the University of Liverpool?
I always enjoyed the seminar structure at Liverpool, where 3-4 students would spend 2 hours in intense discussion and debate about a specific philosophical concept which the course Lecturer had set the previous week. The Lecturer would help shape and steer the discussion so that it was always constructive and focussed.
Which aspects of your course do you think have been the most beneficial to your career development?
The modules on formal logic were absolutely fantastic. Logic has a reputation as a daunting subject, but it underpinned every aspect of my course and helped me immensely in securing a career working in software development. Although I'm not expected to write code in my current role, studying Logic at Liverpool gave me the ability to 'follow' the structure of software, have meaningful discussions with Developers and ultimately make informed decisions on product priorities.
Can you describe your current role?
I currently work for a Professional Services & Consultancy company who specialise in working collaboratively with clients to develop new software products (AND Digital). As an Analyst, I am expected to work with business stakeholders and technical teams to help guide the development priorities for both the product and the client. Being able to hold one's own in a heated seminar environment and the study of formal logic prepared me for this type of work absolutely brilliantly!
Do you have any top tips to share with future and current students?
Take every opportunity that is offered, from getting involved in societies to attending the Stapledon Seminars. The connections, people you meet and experiences you have will stay with you long after you have graduated!
What is the first thing that you think of when you think of the University of Liverpool?
The passion and commitment of the Philosophy faculty. After 3 years, they became friends as well as mentors and teachers. It was such a close-knit Department, nobody had any airs or graces and would always help in whatever way they could, both academically and personally.
Are there any other memories you would like to share from your time at the University of Liverpool?
Make sure you go to the Cambridge Pub opposite Abercromby Square. It's the spiritual home of all Philosophy graduates at Liverpool!