Name: Amrin Nahar
University year or year of graduation: 2016
What did you study or what are your studying now?
I studied BA (Hons) International Relations and I am currently finishing my Master (Msc) in International Public Policy.
How did you hear about QTemps?
I found out about QTemps through an email I got from Careers & Enterprise. During my Undergraduate degree I participated in QProjects* and I was kept updated regularly on the different opportunities in Careers.
What did/does your role involves day-to-day?
I was working with the Marketing and Communications department as a Data Entry Assistant. They needed someone quickly to update the QMUL Courses and modules details for UCAS and the deadline to submit them was fast approaching. I had to check over 250 courses; making sure module descriptions were accurate and current, checking if hyperlinks were working or needed updating, checking the spelling and looking out for grammatical errors.
What have you gained from your placement? What skills have you learnt or developed? How do you think this will help in your future career?
During my assignment, I have developed my time management skills: the deadline was tight and I had to prioritise my workload in order to finish the project on time. I was able to take instructions from my manager as well as not being afraid to ask the right questions to do the job to the best of my ability. I learnt a lot about the Higher Education industry and how courses are advertised on the UCAS website.
Any challenges you have faced / anything that surprised you about the role or the industry?
I was surprised as to how quickly we needed to complete the project, which meant I had to work fast and be operational.
What advice would you give to students and graduates who are thinking about applying for a role with QTemps?
My three points of advice would be as follows:
Be flexible on what you want to do as a temporary job but make sure you read the job description with care so you can adapt your personal statement and CV for the application.
Make the most of your role – you will build your skillset and your network throughout.
Work experience is valuable no matter the length of time and reflect on the transferable skills you acquire along the way.
What’s next for you?
Firstly, handing in my thesis and then hopefully graduation in October, meanwhile I will carry on working as a QMentoring Assistant. Ideally I would like to find a role in research or policy with an interest in Higher Education looking at Widening Participation and Social Mobility.
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