Student Services & Disability Adviser
I have worked at the University of Birmingham since 2017 and have been a part of many departments over my time with thanks to my first job as a Graduate Management Trainee. This scheme highlighted to me how important the university considers development of its staff from training, shadowing and secondment opportunities to develop your skills.
It’s important to mention that the University of Birmingham employs over 8000 staff and no place is the same to work. I recommend you get a feel for the local working culture within the environment you’ll be working in to see if it is a good fit with you, and the best thing is, is that there is a place for everyone at the university. I currently work in Student Services picking up projects around student mental health, here they really appreciate the expertise you bring as an individual and are open to you expressing your thoughts and ideas on how we can collectively improve outcomes for students.
I feel the University of Birmingham, post-covid, offers an incredibly fair and flexible working environment that fosters a sense of trust in its staff.
Outside of the university environment I run my own wedding transport business. The flexibility the university offers, particularly within Student Services, allows me to effectively balance both with an appreciation that I get the job done to a high standard. With a generous offering of annual leave and closed days, working at the university offers you plenty of opportunity to have time off, which is important in this post-covid world where now know the importance of self-care.
Overall I recommend working for the University of Birmingham, have plan of development and utilise the resources on offer and take these up!