(Original post by forever_and_always)
I was thinking of applying for a student ambassador role and I was wondering what everyones experience of this was?
I keep hearing the uni go on about how useful it will be to us etc etc.
Aside from the money of course, are there any major benefits? Is an employer going to value someone who has been a student ambassador over someone who hasn't?
I'll be going into my final year and I'm looking for ways to make myself more employable. But I'm being quite selective as I don't want to waste my time doing things that aren't worthwhile.
Well, at least you get paid. I just volunteered. That alone is a plus. But I have seen a wealth of benefits.
You tend to be better at being persuasive and dissolving tense situations (especially during exam period). You're good at organizing and your social skills undoubtedly improve. There's a wide range of scenarios that you can draw competencies from for interviews, especially if your work experience falls short.
It also shows that you're someone who's a little more proactive than usual, and can come across as nothing but positive. Just make sure it doesn't overrun your degree, because that can happen.
I was an ambassador in my first year, but as I had a lot of contact hours, I had no time to work. They had a text alert system that told us when work was available for certain subject representatives, but the work was usually scheduled for when I was on placement or in lectures, so I think I ended up only working twice in that whole year. Because of this, they took me off the register of ambassadors for second year, which I was actually quite glad about, as I have more contact hours this year than last, and I was concerned that I would get swamped with work. The one thing I will say is that the training day we had for ambassadors was very useful.
If you'll have the time and motivation to commit to it as well as your uni work, go for it.