What did you do before joining the training scheme?
Before joining Imperial I studied for a BA in English Literature, graduating in 2017. Whilst studying I worked as a Subject Ambassador as well as a Student Representative and Content Creator for my university’s marketing department. This gave me a taste of what working in the Higher Education sector was like. After finishing my master’s in Medieval Literature, I spent a summer working in Germany as an intern at a social sciences research institute before starting at Imperial in the autumn.
What attracted you to the scheme?
Having worked part-time for my undergraduate university, and having been president of a large student society, I had found that I enjoyed working in a Higher Education setting. Unlike many sectors, HE in an environment in which you feel that you are making a tangible difference to people’s lives, and working with a constantly changing student body means there are always new and interesting challenges to work on.
I was particularly attracted to the Imperial scheme because it offered me the chance to try lots of different roles within the university, whilst also putting a lot of emphasis on personal and professional development.
What would be your one tip for applicants?
If you are passionate about working in HE then you need to be up-to-date with the challenges and media coverage surrounding it. Find relevant websites or podcasts which will keep you informed, and consider how the subjects they cover might impact Imperial specifically.