What did you do before joining the training scheme?
After graduating with a degree in English Literature, I joined a small executive search firm where I worked with a variety of start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises across a number of sectors.
What attracted you to the scheme?
I was attracted to the scheme because of the variety of placements which were described and the different types of roles and management styles to which a Trainee might be exposed. Knowing that I was interested in higher education, but without being certain of where my skills or strengths might fit in, the opportunity to build on these placement by placement was very appealing.
What has been the highlight of your time on the scheme?
My second placement was split between the Central Secretariat and Campus Services where my main focus was helping to plan Welcome Week. I found this project hugely rewarding, not only because it complemented the work around policy change in Central Secretariat, but because it was an amazing opportunity to see a project through to its close. I greatly enjoyed working with a wide variety of people, from the Imperial College Union through to neighbouring institutions around South Kensington. Overall, the most positive experience at Imperial so far has been working with friendly, engaged and driven colleagues and receiving constant support from other members of both trainee schemes.
What has been the biggest challenge?
Getting to know an organisation as large and complex as Imperial is a continuous challenge, but an enjoyable one. The College is evolving and growing all the time and I am constantly learning new things about it. There are, however, a lot of staff who have worked here for many years and so you’re never short of someone to ask if you don’t know the answer!