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 care for Key Stage 4 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 wanted to work somewhere that makes a social contribution, and wanted a role that would offer more of 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?

I really enjoyed being given the chance to facilitate workshops while I was in the Library. It was interesting to observe individual and group dynamics, and to help a group deliver concrete outcomes. The support and challenge provided by my placement managers has also been a highlight – I’ve been learning a lot from having reflective conversations and receiving incisive 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. It also felt like a significant responsibility because it’s such an important topic, and there were numerous avenues for investigation that all needed exploring.