Life after Cornwall

Cornwall is a wonderful place to grow up, but can rural and coastal living hold you back?  We catch-up with one time Cornish resident, Seb Burchell (22) to find out more...

“Do they eat just pasties in Cornwall?” I naively asked my Mum before moving down to the Duchy in 2003. I knew little else of the county I would live in for the next 10 years at that point. We moved to a small village called Charlestown on the outskirts of St. Austell, and that’s where I studied at Penrice Community College (now Academy).

Once finishing a memorable five years at Penrice, I attended Truro College for my A-Levels.  After taking a year out visiting some fascinating countries such as New Zealand and certain parts of Europe, I went on to read Geography at The University of Manchester. When people say that University was the best 3 years of their life, they’re not wrong. You get to meet people everyday, experience living in one of Britain’s thriving city’s and I was fortunate enough to travel to Sri Lanka with the University cricket team. Did I forget something else? Oh yes, lots of work! Despite having to study much of the time, the topics that you’re able to learn cover a variety of contemporary issues such as global development and urban infrastructure.

Although I specialised in human and social geography, I now work in the digital marketing industry, specifically Search Engine Optimization. In this role, I represent large clients in the consumer fashion, homeware and sports goods sector. In the future, I hope to utilise the skills I’ve learnt in this trade, by eventually transferring them to careers with sports clubs or local governments. Aside from my professional ambitions, I would love to travel unexplored parts of the world and possibly accompany the ‘Barmy Army’ on one of their infamous cricket tours of Australia.

Seb Burchell - Outreach Executive at Visualsoft