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How students became staff at NTU

It was only this week that someone commented on how heartwarming it is that so many staff members in the CenSCE department (Centre for Student and Community Engagement) have been students at Nottingham Trent University.
 
Below two of our Schools Liaison Officers, Amber and Julian, are sharing their stories about their transition from Nottingham Trent student… to Nottingham Trent staff!
 

Amber Page 

Amber giving a lecture about Higher Education to hundreds of pupils from a Nottingham school.

Amber: Whilst I was a student at Nottingham Trent University, I studied Psychology with Criminology. I was then lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship for a Multidisciplinary Masters in Business Management. As part of my Masters Degree, I needed to find myself a short-term placement.  I was ambitious and motivated so applied for a full-time position within the CenSCE department at Nottingham Trent as a School Liaison Officer.

I was successful candidate and offered the position!

So, for half a year, I was a full-time student with a full-time job! I graduated university and can out with an amazing job to kickstart my career.
 

So, what is my secret moving form student to staff member?

For that, I would thank my enthusiasm to engage, particularly in my work as a Student Ambassador and volunteer.
 
I loved my experience as a student at Nottingham Trent and I grabbed all the opportunities it had to offer.  Taking advantage of these opportunities increased my awareness of different career options and also meant that I never wanted to leave!
 
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Whilst working for the CenSCE department, I have been lucky enough to be selected as a mentor on the International Volunteering trip to Romania… for the second year running!
 
Amber as a Team Mentor for the International Volunteers at Little John’s House in Romania.
 
The International Volunteering Projects offer students valuable experience and allows them to develop important skills such as leadership, problem solving and teamwork which they can take away with them when they graduate.
 

As a team mentors we are there from start to finish

 
The support for the mentors was not just for a week they are away volunteering.  We began supporting them through the learning process leading up to their time in different countries by training them and answering any concerns or queries they may have.
 
It was so rewarding to be on the other side of the project and supporting students that have as much enthusiasm for learning as I did!
 

 

 Julian Robertson

  
Julian working with a group of children on the ‘High Five’ event in the summer of 2014.
 
Julian: Being a Student Ambassador was just one of the rewarding experiences I had during my time at University.  As well as being a great way to earn some extra cash, it allowed me to develop and learn new skills like leadership and resilience
 
In gaining experience working with groups of young people, leading pupils through activities and planning out subject taster sessions, I was able to gain skills in communication, organisation and teamwork.

These transferable skills can be crucial when making applications for University or jobs. They will make you stand out as the best candidate for the role. It was because of this experience that I was able to get a job as a schools Liaison Officer in the CenSCE department at Nottingham Trent soon after I graduated!
 
Working as a Schools Liaison Officer in CenSCE means that I get to continue with the type of work I enjoyed so much as a Student Ambassador. I am also able to use all of the skills I gained and learn more, too.
 So this way I got to fo something I love everyday.
 
So if anyone ever says that working part-time or volunteering in your spare time is pointless, don’t believe them.
 
You might just land yourself with a cool job because of it!

 

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Blog Administrator. Currently ran by co-author Emilia Denis. Emilia has studied Fashion Communication and Promotion at NTU between years 2017 and 2020.

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