Emma Chau

BA History and Sociology

Emma is a recent BA History and Sociology graduate from the University of Sussex. She joined the Catalyst Team to develop her knowledge in business and gain greater insight into how business projects materialise within start-up companies, in hope to expand her opportunities despite coming from a humanities-based background. Her dissertation titled ‘Beauty Laid Bare: Personal Appearance and Beauty Culture in Britain, 1950-1975', explored the intersection of gender and ethnicity in relation to physical appearance which identity politics is concerned with, and allowed her to use her strong analytical and reasoning skills to write a first-class piece.  
During her time at university, Emma has worked in various part-time roles. Her natural flair for customer care has developed from her roles predominantly in fashion and food retail, alongside her summer internship with a start-up company as a content creator, which enabled her to progress as a part-time marketing assistant in her final year. Emma helped to manage their social media accounts and created written content for their website. She has also recently completed virtual summer internships in consulting and business and operations, which she found very valuable and insightful.  
Outside of work, Emma takes an interest in research and is currently working on an academic blog where she hopes to expand on her knowledge and skills developed at university and explore various topics she was exposed to at university and potentially venture into social research at some point in her career. Emma enjoys listening to music and podcasts and hopes to contribute to the production of one someday. She also enjoys going to the gym and keeping updated with the world of beauty and skincare to the point where she is familiar with what chemicals are good or bad for the skin (go to her for your skincare needs!). She has modelled for social media shoots with brands such as Selfridges and Bobbi Brown, and has learned more about makeup and skincare, alongside the production of shooting campaigns and social media content. 
Emma is delighted to be a part of the Catalyst Team and looks forward to the opportunities in the year ahead with the Sussex Innovation Centre!