Office Manager, Digital Learning Hub
I enjoyed two years with the Management Training Scheme with placements including Communications, Campus Services, Central Secretariat, Operational Excellence and the Education Office, as well as co-ordinating the recruitment for the scheme alongside a fellow trainee. The spread of placements equipped me with a variety of experiences, approaches to work, and insights into both operational and strategic mechanisms within the College. A highlight was certainly working on Welcome Week with Campus Services, taking the opportunity to develop my role from project support to a more leading role in the planning and execution of start of session - both a challenging and rewarding piece of work!
My final placement on the scheme was within the Education Office, where I gained exposure to the early stages of implementation of the Learning and Teaching Strategy, co-ordinating meetings with departmental and programme leads to discuss curriculum review and pedagogical transformation, whilst also helping to maintain the student focused websites Student Space and Success Guide.
The experience during this six months convinced me that this area of College was one in which I wished to remain, and I secured a position as Office Manager for the Digital Learning Hub. The hub was established to facilitate the implementation of the Learning and Teaching Strategy's digital branch, supporting individual departments to develop their ideas around digital learning, transforming the learning and classroom experience, enhancing their current offerings, and facilitating international and interdisciplinary collaborations.
My role as Office Manager is varied, ranging from managing HR process, developing communications material, taking care of financial administration, and ensuring that the operational infrastructure of the Hub is robust enough to allow for growth and flexibility. As well as being in an area which greatly interested me, the point at which I joined the team was comparable to joining a start-up and as such the pace of work is quick, and doesn't allow for boredom!
The scheme certainly prepared me well to step into a permanent role, and I would thoroughly recommend it for the rich array of opportunities presented: encountering some truly inspiring characters, learning about the incredible work carried out by academics and students, making very good friends - all contributing to an impression of what sort of role or career would fit my skills and interests.