What is your current job title?
HS2 Curzon Street Station Interface Manager.
How long have you volunteered for the University?
Just under two years.
In what capacity have you volunteered?
As a graduate of the University, providing industrial experience from my work on major civil engineering projects, and promoting the EPS Awards.
Why do you volunteer for the University?
It’s incredibly important to give back to universities when you start into the world of work. I remember how useful and important it was having that connection to people who were in the industry. Being able to help gives me confidence in my own abilities and develops my communication skills. Plus Grace Surman, the Alumni Relations Manager for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, often provides cake and coffee…
What is the best thing about volunteering at the University?
I get a really adrenaline kick from engaging with young enthusiastic STEM-gineers. It’s tough at university for students; looking for jobs, social media bombarding them, constantly comparing themselves to each other, a tough job market! So being able to talk, engage and try and help (even if it now feels a long time ago) makes me feel like I’m doing something beyond my day job.
It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to come back to Birmingham and volunteer; you work for a long time and it’s so great to throw in fun, engaging volunteering days to get that warm fuzzy feeling.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about volunteering?
It’s so hard fitting volunteering into a day job, I totally get that. We’re all getting busier, but the best days I’ve had in the last one or two years have been working with the University. If you’re interested in signing up, bring a smile and your life experience and that’s all you need.
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