Today we had a lecture a bit different from the usual ones. Someone came to talk to us about Careers, future plans, and effective tips for future employment. The lecture started out with the results from last year’s post graduation survey, showing that a great part of the students leaving the University of Leicester went straight into full-time employment, some others into further education, and some actually both. Then he went into more targeted tips, for example how to correctly write an application, and the most effective way to answer questions during “skills interview”, which feature questions such as “Describe a situation in which you effectively dealt with a problem “or “Provide an example in which you displayed the ability to work as part of a team”. It may sound like common sense, but it’s really not! Everyone’s able to report an experience, but it’s not that easy to make a story out of it, and to sound professional while telling it.
The most common model employed to do that is called S. T. A. R., which stand for “Situation, Task, Action, Results”. Basically, it goes from the broad ‘what happened’ to the more interesting ‘what did you do’ and ‘what skills did you gain from it’. I’m quite glad to say that I was already very familiar not only with the topic, but with pretty much the whole content of the lecture. And I owe that to my Leicester Award project!
I’m not gonna lie, when I first applied for it was because I thought it was gonna look good on my CV. But the more I work on it, the more I realise how much it’s teaching me. And not only in terms of understanding the skills I’m gaining from my volunteering, but also in having an insight on skills acquisition in general. Not to mention the amount of helpful tips for applications and job interview. I would be so clueless otherwise…! I’m not saying it’s like this for everyone, it could be just me. But I found it great, and would seriously recommend it to everyone. That is, everyone ready to learn and challenge oneself.
The last blog post is due this Friday, and I’m writing it on my experience as an Ambassador, which I’m loving so far. I’ve only started my job as a volunteer for Victim Support last week, so I don’t think I would have enough material to write an appropriate short essay. Yeah, the training took a long time, but it’s paying off!
Anyway, now that my experience with the Leicester Award is almost over, I can say without hesitation that it’s been great, and I might attempt engaging with another one next Year! 🙂