Hello, so this morning I (finally) submitted my application for this year’s Leicester Award for Employability. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a programme the University offers every year, and it’s meant to help students assess and also get recognition for any work they may have done over the year, focusing on a set of specific skills they’ve worked on.
Okay, that sounded confusing. It’s really not. There are different types of Awards, much like different categories, which involve various skills and experiences: like, Marketing, Tomorrow’s Teachers, Student Union Leadership, Archaeology and Ancient History in the Community… literally, so many!
I applied for the Volunteering Award, since I’m gonna be busy with Victim Support, and also maybe with BeatBullying (still looking into it, I’ll let you know). If I’m selected I will have to attend few compulsory workshops, keep a blog about my experience (hey, apparently I really like blogging), complete “two core units”, which I’m still not a hundred percent sure what they involve… and, ultimately, complete a minimum of 25h of Volunteering over the year.
It’s a big “if”, but if I succeed, this will look so good on my CV! I’d heard of it last year but didn’t really know why I should put my time and effort in it. Now I know, this could make the difference between getting a job or not. Experiences like this, and especially recognition from your own University, make such a good impression, and show your commitment not only as student but as a future employee! Also, I think taking the time to think about what you’re doing (in my case, as a Volunteer) and how that experience is enriching you, and where it is leading you… could be very good, in terms of introspection and self-realisation. It’s just such a good opportunity, that’s why I took my time to write my personal statement…oh yeah, of course, nowadays you have to write a personal statement for everything! I even booked an appointment with the Career Development Centre on campus, to have someone check my statement and see if anything was missing. They were really nice and helpful, and I feel like I’ve done all I could, so now I just need to wait and see. Fingers crossed! But I have so much going on that I don’t really have time to think about it. Deadlines, they’re gonna be the end of me. It’s like “Okay, this one is done. Now, what’s the next closest thing I should worry about?”. But since this is not your problem, I’m just gonna link you the website page for the Leicester Award, in case anyone’s interested. 🙂