What did you do before joining the training scheme?
I completed a degree in German, French and European Studies, during which I studied for a year in Germany and was Academic President of Modern Languages in my final year. After that I undertook a Masters in International Security as a Chancellor's scholar. Alongside my studies I worked as a tutor of French and German, whilst also working in a busy pub restaurant.
What attracted you to the scheme?
I wanted to work in the Higher Education sector but not necessarily as an academic, so the scheme jumped out at me. It offers a diverse and challenging experience, with opportunity to work with lots of different people and develop new skills. There is a large emphasis on development and retention - the scheme is designed to help you become a key member of Imperial staff. I was also attracted by the College's reputation: to be part of a world-class university is a real privilege.
What would be your one tip for applicants?
Think about what interests you in particular about Higher Education. Do some research about Imperial and what's going on in Higher Education more generally.
What has been the highlight of your time on the scheme?
I helped organise the board away day of the Department for Education, which was held at Imperial. We showed the Ministers and senior civil servants some of the most current and exciting research at the College, including the Aerial Robotics Lab, the Carbon Capture Pilot Plant, the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Data Science Institute. This was a great opportunity to engage with some of the most influential people in education policy, as well as facilitate their interaction with students and academics at Imperial. This is just one of many great opportunities I have had as a Management Trainee.