Law student Christianah Babajide explains why she chose to work as a student ambassador and what's involved
After settling into my university, I started to look for a part-time jobs. With the pool of jobs Unitemps offered, I didn’t have to look far. I applied for the role of student ambassador, a role that pays very generously and is also flexible for my studies.
Student ambassadors are people who represent their university on and off campus. The role involves a variety of work which includes campus tours during undergraduate open days and postgraduate open evenings, attending higher education fairs around London and doing admin work in the office. However, there are also a range of roles available to choose from; you are literally spoilt for choice!
In my online application for this role, I made sure to use my practical experiences to showcase my public speaking and communication skills, enthusiasm and commitment. I was then invited for an informal group interview with a marketing co-ordinator who presented me with scenario questions and asked what I wanted to gain from this role. If I can get past the interview stage, you can too!
Working at my university is really fun but can be a lot of work. For example, you may be asked to go to a higher education fair at a sixth form or college to speak to prospective students or you may be asked to give a speech at an open day regarding your student experience so far.
Although the role can be hard work, it is also very flexible and rewarding. It is rewarding because you are able to talk to students about your personal student life experience and speak proudly about your own university.
Working part-time at university has benefited me in more ways than one. It has given me something to do during the summer holidays, when I don’t have lectures and it has exposed me to a range of different roles.
For example, I have had the chance to work as a research assistant, student ambassador, open day speaker, events assistant, telephone fundraiser and even taken part in a photoshoot to model for my university’s prospectus (yes this was paid!).
Working part time, you will quickly learn a range of skills that will transform you into a people person. You will also get the chance to improve your communication and presentation skills, all while being paid and making new friends! On top of that, the work is flexible so you can work around your studies when it suits you.
Looking back, I am glad I worked part time during my studies. Not only did it help me earn some cash but it made me happy and proud to be in the City of London because there’s a pool of opportunities right at your fingertips. And if you find it hard to find a job, not to worry because your university’s careers service can help you with your search; after all that’s what they’re there for!