Today we had the pleasure of catching up with a recent graduate, who is now a Project Officer for the Graduate+ team. Let’s go and meet Amelia Rose!
Hi Amelia, it’s great getting to chat with you today! Please tell us a bit about you?
Hey! My name is Amelia. I am a recent BCU graduate, class of 2020! I was enrolled on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, working full time within the Student Recruitment team and studying Business Management. Now, I am a part of the Graduate+ team and very much looking forward to supporting you during your time at BCU.
What extra-curricular activities have you done whilst being at university?
The apprenticeship was full on…full time study and full time employment so I did not really engage as much, but I always tried to engage during the Graduate+ weeks where possible. The activities I attended were really useful and it was nice to be around other students. As a member of the Business, Law and Social Science Academic Award Scheme (BLSS AAS) I was given the opportunity to go on the PRINCE2 Foundation course, so I would class that as my extra-curricular activity. It was a three day intensive project management course which I thoroughly enjoyed and was able to relate back to my area of work.
Out of all of your BCU experiences, what has been your favourite & what have you gained from this?
Whenever I talk about my university experience, it is hard not to involve the employment side and the experience gained. That very much shaped my experience at BCU as I was only on campus twice a month for face-to-face teaching.
I have been privileged to have a range of experiences, but if I had to pick one and that is difficult it would be co-ordinating the Literacy Tutoring Scheme (check it out, it’s an activity on Graduate+). Why, because I got to interact with other fellow students, learn from them and also support them as they carried out a key role for the university in regards to its widening participation (WP) objective. I think there was a mutual relationship where we got to know each other and learn from each other’s experiences.
If you had the opportunity to do the experience again, what would you do better?
If it had the opportunity to do the experience again, I would definitely join the BCU Netball society and get involved…even more!
What is your advice to students starting the Graduate+ award?
Do it! There are a range of activities and resources available to you. There is so much that you will definitely find an activity that you will like and enjoy doing. Working towards the Graduate+ award will enable you to grow holistically, it broadens your horizons, supports your personal development and allows you to do and experience so much more. What can be better than graduating with a degree and evidence showing your initiative, proactivity and showcasing your skills. It is a way to have fun whilst studying!
What was the best part about being involved in Graduate+ for you and why?
Graduate+ is very much about developing individuals to be the best that they can be and the programme is tailored. For me, I got to be on campus more and engage with other students which I would not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise. The presentations I attended during Graduate+ week were insightful, thought provoking and challenging (in a good way). I remember leaving one session thinking ‘yeah, I can do this!’