Regular readers of my blog (if any such people exist) may have heard me banging on about my part-time job working as a ‘Student Ambassador’ for Edge Hill University.
Now, for the most part, the job of ‘Ambassador’ doesn’t entail walking around in a ball gown with a plate full of Ferrero Rocher’s, as suggested in those iconic adverts of the late ‘90s. In fact, it often involves standing outside buildings around campus, in the rain, pointing visitors into a doorway I’m already stood by. Dressed in a bright green, extra-large bib. It might not sound like glitz and glamour to begin with, but I’ll let you into a little secret.
I love it.
The pay is good.
The people I work with are brilliant.
The skills I’ve developed from the job are invaluable.
I’ll tell you why.
Having worked on numerous applicant visit days, UCAS sessions, open days and Higher Education fairs around the region I’ve gotten myself a whole shed load of confidence, people skills, interaction and presentation skills to boot. Doing my ‘student experience’ talks (basically, where I get to bang on about my life for half an hour in front of a group of avid listeners) have boosted these skills even further.
Needless to say, if you’ve got issues with group working or presentation, then, this job will sort them out for you.
For applicants, and even current students, I’d recommend going for a job like mine any day. They skills you’ll gain are essential life skills, and look even better on a CV than they do listed here. There are all sorts of advocate and ambassador schemes going on at uni, and I’d certainly advise ANYONE to apply.
Anyway, I thought I’d round up by bragging about my nomination this year for the ‘Student Employee of the Year’ award.
Not bad for a job where I started as a ‘human signpost’, eh?