What did you do before joining the training scheme?
After graduating in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Human, Social and Political Sciences, I completed an MSc in International, Social and Public Policy. Whilst completing my master’s degree, I interned at an organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges as a researcher. My interest in raising educational attainment among disadvantaged pupils then led me to gain work experience at a start-up education charity alongside my studies, which involved coordinating tuition sessions for students in further education.
What attracted you to the scheme?
During my time as a student, I was involved in coordinating outreach events in order to improve the access of underrepresented groups to university. The varied nature of the training scheme was therefore a huge attraction, as the placement rotations would enable me to develop a more holistic understanding of the higher education sector beyond outreach. I was also keen to improve my leadership and project management skills, which the scheme seemed to offer through the managerial focus.
What would be your one tip for applicants?
My main piece of advice is to convey how your work experiences and/or involvement in extracurricular activities exemplify the competencies and attributes which are required. The situation, task, action, result (STAR) format is a good way of demonstrating your skills in a clear and concise way, though it is not the only approach that can be taken.