Image of IslaWhat did you do before joining the training scheme?

After graduating from an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies, I spent two years as an Intervention Tutor and Intervention Coordinator at a secondary school, providing academic and pastoral support for students. A year before joining the scheme, I returned to Higher Education to do a Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

What attracted you to the scheme?

I chose to apply to the scheme because I wanted to work somewhere that makes a social contribution, and wanted a role that would offer an opportunity to focus on professional development and training. The length of the scheme and the chance to rotate through multiple placements was also appealing, as I’m still thinking about where I’d like to end up.

What has been the highlight of your time on the scheme?

Over the course of the scheme so far, I have had placements in the Registry, Library Services, Education Office, Student Recruitment and Outreach, Campus Services, the Student Union, the Office of the Vice President (Innovation), and Student Services. The support and challenge provided by my placement managers has been an absolute highlight – I’ve learned a lot from having reflective conversations and receiving critiques on pieces of work.

What has been the biggest challenge?

I was project support for a review of Personal Tutoring during my Education Office placement, which required lots of time management and organisation as well as attention to detail. The role involved organising meetings and papers, following-up between meetings, analysing data, and drafting a final report to pull together the topics discussed, alongside clear recommendations. The project offered a great opportunity to meet colleagues from all over College and gain a better sense of how different parts of College interact.

Starting a new placement is a bit like starting a new job: there are lots of people to meet and remember, lots of new things to learn, and it can be quite daunting to have to repeat this every six months. After two years on the scheme, it is satisfying to see how my network and knowledge has grown as a result of rotating through different placements, and I look forward to picking up new contacts and information in my final year!