What did you do before joining the training scheme?Rachel

Before the management training scheme I studied for a BSc in Biomedical Sciences. During my degree I completed a placement year in a pharmaceutical lab with AstraZeneca. During my final year at university I worked with the Admissions Team as a Senior Ambassador, which gave me some insight into working in the HE sector. 

What attracted you to the scheme?

I knew that I wanted to work in the public sector and I was attracted to this scheme because of the massively broad range of things that you could be working on. Before starting the scheme I wasn’t sure which area of the industry I would enjoy the most, so wanted to experience as many areas as possible to gain a wide understanding of the university and clearer idea of what I wanted to do in the future. I was also attracted to the scheme’s focus on professional development, there are loads of opportunities to go on internal and external courses, which I think is really important at the start of a career.

What would be your one tip for applicants?

Try to be yourself during the assessment day, the day is fairly relaxed and a good opportunity to learn more about the scheme so don’t be afraid to ask questions!