Getting to Know Us: Rachel Roberts

First question, can you tell the reader who you are?

I’m Rae Roberts (well actually Rachel but there are so many Rachels in our team just call me Rae!). I work as the Programme Manager on our QConsult supported by J.P. Morgan programme.Rae profile

 

And what departments/students do you specifically help?

QConsult supported by J.P. Morgan is specifically targeted towards students who hold a QMUL bursary. We can work with students from any school or year, so long as they hold a bursary they will be prioritised for a place on this programme. This is due to restrictions around our funding and programme objectives – it’s actually about making access to opportunities fairer!

How do you do this? What do you spend most of your time doing?

The programme places students who hold bursaries into teams of 5.  These student teams then work remotely and independently to conduct mini-consultancy projects for local businesses. The students get dedicated support from one of our Careers Consultants, get paid for their time and gain real life work experience. The businesses get ideas for solutions to their actual business challenges!

I spend most of my time overseeing all the different elements of the programme and making sure that everything is going along as it should be.  And checking that everyone involved is having the best possible experience and getting the most they can from the programme. This entails lots of emails, phone calls, meetings and writing reports with all the people involved, whether that’s students, my colleagues or J.P. Morgan (our funder).

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

Having to say no to students! Sometimes our application rounds are really competitive, and we always have more strong applications from students than places available. We try really hard to offer as many places as possible but we have to be realistic about the number of projects we can offer to make sure the students who do get places get all the support they need.

What do you enjoy the most?

Seeing the student teams rise to the occasion. Our programme offers really challenging projects where the students have to REALLY use their initiative, ACTUALLY take responsibility for themselves and GENUINELY deliver professional work that will make a different to the businesses they work with. It’s amazing to see how much the students can achieve when they are trusted and given this much opportunity to prove themselves.

What are you most proud of? What is your biggest success to date?

Being involved in this programme from the start, 6 months ago, and hearing from the 54 students we have placed so far how much they feel it will help them in terms of getting jobs.

What is the most common question you get asked by students?

How do I find out about the programme?  The answer is email us and, if you are a bursary holder, sign up to our mailing list.

And finally, tells us one thing we wouldn’t know about you.

I am currently somewhat obsessed with running – so if you see a small person with glasses dashing out of the Queens Building at 12.30 that might well be me!

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