Vice President of UWE Linguistics Soceity 2012-13

Contributor: Amy

What? Vice President of UWE Linguistics Society.

Why did you choose this place? I had been a member of the society since it was founded by Tom in 2011 (see related post) – I wanted to get more involved and see the society continue for another year.

How did you find the application process? Committee members are voted in at the society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). I didn’t have anyone stand against me for the position, so I was voted in!

What do you do here? I attend regular meetings with other committee members to plan and organise activities for the society. I have spent a lot of time researching different things to do in LingSoc and then going on to organise them. In my time so far as Vice President, I have been heavily involved in organising three trips, socials and other activities such as language games/scrabble nights.

The good things: I really enjoy organising things for the society and doing interesting things with like-minded people. Being involved in LingSoc has made uni a lot more fun, interesting and memorable for me. I have developed my organisation and teamwork skills (cheesy, but true!).

The bad things: Not much, except there are a few compulsory things that you have to do as a society with the SU, such as attending meetings.  Also I think that in a position like this, you get out of it what you put in, so you do have to commit time and effort.  As a voluntary position, you have to be motivated enough to do this!

Anything else we should know: If you are part of any society and are really interested in it, I would definitely recommend electing yourself as a committee member. Even though there are titles like ‘Secretary’, ‘President’ and ‘Treasurer’, in reality it is a team effort, you aren’t left to do it all on your own!

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Work Placement – Student Ambassador – UWE

Contributor: Amy

Where? UWE
What? Student Ambassador
Why did you choose this place? I am a student at UWE and wanted to make the most of opportunities that are only available whilst at university before it is too late.
How did you find the application process? Easy. I had to fill in an online application form stating previous relevant experience and why I wanted to be an ambassador. Then I attended a group interview and training.
What do you do here? I help at events that happen at the university. I have assisted at graduation ceremonies, school visits to campus and generally directing people around the university. I helped over Freshers’ week, guiding Freshers around the university.
The good things: Good pay, flexibility (you are emailed different jobs and have the options of applying for it, or not. This was really good around exam time, as I wasn’t required to do a minimum number of shifts so I could concentrate on my studies), meeting other student ambassadors, working with a variety of people (school and college students, lecturers and academics, university staff) which I believe has improved my confidence in communicating with different people.
The bad things: The only bad thing I can think of is that getting shifts can sometimes be competitive as there are over 200 ambassadors at the university competing for the same jobs. However because I have never missed a shift, been late or haven’t pulled my weight, I am often chosen for the roles I apply for.
Anything else we should know: I would definitely recommend being a student ambassador!

Work Placement – Vocational Mentor – UWE Volunteering

Contributor: Amy

Where? Weston College
What? Vocational Mentoring Pilot Scheme
Why did you choose this place? An opportunity came up at my university (UWE) to go into a local college and mentor students on a vocational course. I was placed at Weston College by UWE.
 How did you find the application process? Fairly straightforward. I had to fill in an online application form, stating previous relevant experience and why I wanted to apply. Then I had a group interview which involved group activities.
What do you do here? I went to Weston College for a couple of hours each week and was available for drop in sessions to the college students if they wanted advice about Higher Education or help with their coursework.
The good things: Working in a new environment and communicating with students. I also had to be organised to balance the time with my studies.
The bad things: The nature of the drop in meant that some weeks I would go to the college and not mentor any students. 
Anything else we should know: If I could do it again, I would attempt to arrange regular mentoring sessions for a small group of students. This would guarantee attendance each week and would hopefully allow me to make a notable impact with mentoring. Whilst drop in sessions are flexible for students at the college, it meant that mentoring was not a priority and sometimes forgotten. Despite this, I still think that mentoring is a valuable experience.