I’ve talked about my part time jobs on my blog several times before, and I firmly believe that the only reason I’ve been able secure a graduate job in the civil service is because of the transferable skills I’ve gained by working alongside my degree. So, for this week’s post, I thought I would talk a little bit about one of the three jobs I have alongside my degree. Specifically, my job working as an on-campus Brand Ambassador for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
How do you do it?
Although three jobs sound like a lot, I’ve found that with a little bit of hard work and a whole lot of organisation I can balance working as the Activities Advisor Team Leader in the Activities department of the Students’ Union, being a student blogger, and working as Brand Ambassador. For example, I like to write my blog posts in advance so I can keep on top of publishing regardless of deadlines. I’m sure it will reassure any lecturers and family members reading this that I also keep on top of my academic work, and am on track to graduate with a first this July.
So, what is a Brand Ambassador and how do you promote the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on campus?
Generally, a Brand Ambassador is employed on a casual basis to promote a company, organisation, or cause. It’s a great job for a student because it’s easy to fit around your studies – you can work whenever you like, with totally flexible hours. In my role with the FCO, I work to promote the government’s travel advice found on the Travel Aware website. Part of my role includes organising events, sharing posts about Travel Aware on my social media accounts, and writing travel articles mentioning the advice.
What have you done this year?
I’ve done a wide range of things as part of my job. For example, in the first semester I attended several study abroad talks in different academic departments. In Wellbeing Week, I co-hosted a workshop on mental health and travelling with the Mental Health Awareness and Support Society. Next week, I’ll be talking at an event run by the Feminist Society focusing on how to stay safe when travelling alone if you’re female. I also regularly have stalls in the Students’ Union where I hand out leaflets and free pens, so if you see a blue tablecloth and a large roller banner with sunglasses on, come and say hello and grab your freebies!
Would you recommend the job?
Absolutely, being a Travel Aware Brand Ambassador is a fantastic job. The requirements are very flexible, and you can essentially make what you want of the role. If you’re keen on writing you can focus more on articles, and if you like talking to people then organising stalls on campus will be right up your street. I’ve enjoyed the freedom of the role, and I like using my own initiative to organise events. The transferable skills I have developed such as organisation, resilience, initiative, and the ability to work independently are also very useful. Most of all, the job is fun. I enjoy travelling and talking to people, so talking to people about travelling and helping them stay safe is great.
What’s your top travel safety tip?
I could be very on-brand and say to visit the Travel Aware website, but I think the most useful single tip is to take good care of your passport. Keep it safe and locked in your accommodation when you can, and make sure you take a pic of it that you send to a friend or family member before you leave. I’m old fashioned, so I like to take a photocopy of the picture page of my passport with me when I’m travelling. It can save you so much time and hassle if something goes wrong!