After I graduated from my Masters Degree, I still didn’t have an answer to the common question ‘what are you going to do after you graduate?’.
However, the vast array of placements on the Graduate Management Training Scheme has allowed me to develop my professional skills and self-confidence, whilst also supporting me in establishing what job at the University my skills would be best suited to.
Why I applied
Studying here for four years helped me to forge a strong connection with the University of Birmingham. This passion drove me towards seeking a future engaging with the University in a more professional rather than academic perspective. In particular, the breath of placements on the scheme attracted me, as I knew I wanted to work within the University’s professional services and the fast-paced Higher Education sector more widely, but was unsure on which area and the type of work I was interested in.
I have really enjoyed the breadth of experiences I have gathered so far on the scheme, and I’m only one year in! Each of my placements have been very varied, whether that be in the type of work, the structure of the project, or simply in the skills necessary to get the job done. I have refined existing skills, whilst also creating new ones.
The structure and friendliness of the scheme has allowed me to build up a network of professional contacts across the University, which is very enjoyable to both maintain and build upon. The cohort of other Graduate Management Trainees, both past and present, is a valuable network of professionals who are a great source of support, and are people I have formed lifelong friendships with.
The development opportunities we are offered have not only aided my professional development, but also influenced my personal development and confidence levels. We have the opportunity to get involved with a broad range of institutional activities; some of which have involved organising a departmental all-staff away day, helping out with graduation ceremonies and celebrations, and attending various professional conferences based on and off campus. I have faced a number of challenges, but the support systems and development training provided has turned these challenges into learning opportunities which I am proud I overcame.
Placements so far:
✓ Research Support Services: I aided the communication of the University’s key research projects, aims and outputs by working cross-institutionally to create an engagement toolkit for academics.
✓ Admissions: I researched, updated, and developed new international A-Level grade equivalences for international students’ entry requirements.
✓ Academic Registrar’s Office: I have helped with the facilitation and integration of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), whilst also working simultaneously on Student Experience initiatives such as Buddying and Mentoring Schemes for Students.
✓ College of Arts and Law: I’ll be working on improving employability and strengthening the College’s environment for impactful research by increasing and refining the range of cultural internships offered to students.