What did you do before joining the training scheme?
Before joining the scheme I graduated with a BA in English Literature and Spanish, during which I was involved in leading Access and Outreach initiatives for my University. I also spent a year in Spain and Chile as part of my degree, where I worked for a diverse range of organisations, including an international educational publisher in Madrid, a Chilean literary project and a Higher Education institution in Santiago, which gave me a valuable insight into the sector on the international stage.
What attracted you to the scheme?
I became interested in working in Higher Education during my experiences as a student representative at university and was particularly attracted to the Graduate Management Scheme here at Imperial because of both its rotational aspect and focus on personal and professional development. You’re in a very privileged position as a Management Trainee as you are given access to a vast array of areas, people and resources from day one, through which you can quickly get to know how the various systems work and gauge exactly where your talents and interests lie.
What would be your one tip for applicants?
Don’t worry if you haven’t got a huge amount of experience in Higher Education before applying but do make sure you do some research before you arrive at the assessment day, particularly the challenges facing the higher education sector and how your specific skills might be called upon. My main advice would be to try and enjoy the experience, it’s a fairly relaxed day and a great opportunity to chat to us about the scheme!