Grace Wallace who will graduate this year and was a US in Schools Mentor here at the University (as well as all round brilliant ambassador!) will be joining HEPP (Higher Ediucation Progression Partnership) as the new Graduate Intern.
She has wrote a short blog about what she hopes to learn from the internship.
“I am really excited to start my new role at HEPP as a graduate intern – it is my dream job! I would love to learn more about the behind the scenes of outreach work. Outreach events are a great way for students from under-represented backgrounds to experience a university campus for a day.
As a student I have worked a number of taster days with schools, summer schools with students, and been a mentor – however I never helped plan an outreach event. I want to learn more about organising and putting on an event with schools, from liaising with schools to planning interesting activities for the students.
As a US in Schools mentor, I learned how to confidently present in front of a large group of students. Working for HEPP, I will be expected to do this all the time. Mentoring helped me to become comfortable leading and running activities both one on one and as a group with students.
I applied to be a mentor as I have always thought of becoming a teacher in the future. Now, I plan to work for HEPP, I am still considering teaching in the future. If not teaching, I want to still work in an educated related role with young people. “