What did you do before joining the training scheme?
I completed a degree in Music which included a semester abroad in North Carolina. During my time at university, I volunteered as a Student Brand Ambassador for a journalism start-up. I then went on to work as a Finance Assistant at the head office of a multinational retailer for one year before joining the scheme.
What attracted you to the scheme?
The Higher Education sector provides a highly stimulating and rewarding environment in which to build a career. I was attracted to the scheme because it presented a great opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the sector while developing essential management and leadership skills. I was unsure of what area and the type of work I would be interested in, so the rotational aspect of the scheme really appealed to me as it was a chance to gain exposure to a range of key business areas across the College. Most importantly, the scheme’s focus on personal and professional development was unlike any other graduate scheme I had seen.
What would be your one tip for applicants?
My best advice would be to read the person specification and tailor your application accordingly. Prepare for the assessment day by doing some research on Imperial and the latest developments and challenges in the Higher Education sector. All trainees so far have shown a real enthusiasm for their own professional development and are passionate about making a difference.