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‘I always wanted to be a radio presenter and now I’ve got my own show in the UK.’
Kasia is a radio personality in Cambridge presenting in both English and Polish and she’s often recognised when she’s out shopping or at events, which she says makes her feel ‘a little bit famous’. She describes her path to success as ‘not the obvious route’.
I grew up in Poland and from an early age I knew I wanted to be a radio presenter in England. I used to sit and watch BBC travel documentaries with my parents on Sunday afternoons and I found the presenters to be fascinating and inspiring. I started to study for a degree in journalism in Poland, but after my first year I realised it wasn’t the right choice for me. I was constantly made to feel that I couldn’t make it in the media.
I then took the bold decision to switch to a degree in English, which was a turning point that kickstarted my career. I soon realised that knowing English allowed me to learn new things and get even more inspired. I could now read more books, listen to and understand any radio or TV show in English.
Becoming a journalist was a dream come true for me, made possible by learning English.
After graduating I took an even bolder step on my English language journey by moving to the UK. It was a big move but I was determined to make it as a journalist.
I’ve always thrived on learning and soon found myself signing up for lots of different courses. I studied journalism, voice coaching, video production and presenter training. Anything that I thought would get me to where I wanted to be!
They all helped but there were still challenges to overcome and I was often made to feel at a disadvantage for not being a native speaker of English. Having said that, my confidence in English was growing every day, which gave me the motivation to succeed.
It was this growing confidence that helped me pluck up the courage to talk to the people behind a popular Cambridge-based radio show for the Polish community in the UK.
I was at an event for the Polish community living in the UK and I asked them if they were looking for any new presenters. They were and they gave me a trial, and I soon became a regular host on the airwaves. I couldn’t believe it, and things really took off from here. After a while I was even asked to devise a new format for my own show! The rest is history and my news-based show now broadcasts every week in English.
Becoming a journalist was a dream come true for me, made possible by learning English. What’s most rewarding is being in the position to give something back to the community.
I’m now preparing for the next leg of my ‘journey’ which will hopefully see me travel the world and make a travel documentary, similar to what I used to watch with my parents.
About Kasia Wozniak
Kasia took B2 Business Vantage, one of our Cambridge English Qualifications, in 2010. It helped her to get her first job in the corporate sector.
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