18 January 2018
Alice studied BA (Hons) Education Studies and graduated in 2017. Here she answers a few questions about her first role as an education graduate.
I work for Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union and I’m the Volunteer Centre Administrator.
Hearing back from students about everything that they’ve been up to and what they’ve been doing is fantastic! I get to see them volunteer for something that they really enjoy and are passionate about. Being able to shout about these experiences on social media, and what our volunteers have achieved on our social media pages and through our website is definitely one of my highlights.
Seeing how many organisations have a passion about helping volunteers achieve transferable skills, and getting involved with all kinds of things, has been eye opening too. I would definitely recommend it to those who want to help make a difference to the lives of students, and show them how volunteering can help make them stand out among the crowd.
There are some challenges. Having to get the department ready for events like Freshers' and National Student Volunteer Week is something that I’ve never experienced before. Both times are very stressful: the former for everyone in the Students’ Union, while the latter’s specific to Volunteering. While the payoff can be great – since we can get new volunteers in, meet new students who want to set projects up or get involved and see so many students grow as people – it does take a bit of work to build it up. Being part of such a wonderful team (and Students’ Union) definitely helps with that! I don’t think I would’ve got this far without their support. It does take a lot of planning and organisation, part of which I learned from doing my degree, but it helps pull me through stressful times such as these.
As for the future? Hopefully, having completed my Masters in Librarianship, I'll find myself working in a public library or using my knowledge from my education degree as a subject librarian in an academic library.
My BA (Hons) Education course allowed me to gain quite a few transferable skills in the three years I studied. It gave me the opportunity to become a lot more organised (not that I wasn’t already!), especially with the assignment deadlines. Planning things ahead of time helped a lot, too. I think these traits had a big influence on how I’m currently doing my job, as having things organised is such a help in my day-to-day working life. The course allowed me to see how to break things down into bite-size chunks when doing a project, whether it be an essay, a presentation or a debate – and in turn, how to manage my time. It also allowed me to gain an insight into how it might help with my future career as well.
My experience at ARU in three words: simply life changing.