The Futures Award

Emily B

With so many students going to University and graduating each year, you need to set yourself apart from the rest by getting involved with other activities offered to you whilst at Uni.

The Futures Award is one of these opportunities and it will go on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record). It will allow you to make new contacts, improve your skills and look more employable when you leave Uni. There are several themes to the Award, which include:

  • volunteering,
  • employer mentoring
  • student’s union
  • social media
  • many more

You can choose one theme from the list or a couple of themes and also the level of the award, of which there are 3: The Futures Recognition Award, The Futures Plus Award and the Futures Leadership Award.

The themes and levels you choose will help you become more employable and gain more knowledge at your own pace and fit it around your other commitments. The levels vary from 25 hours to 100 hours commitment and include attending some workshops or seminars on your chosen theme and providing evidence of this. I would encourage you to make the most of every opportunity that University throws at you as those 3 years will go extremely quickly!

If you want to get involved with the Futures Award, then all you have to do is be a post or undergraduate student, have the commitment for one of the themes and contact the careers and employability service at Derby Uni.Go for it!

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5 things I wish I’d known

Emily B

Before coming to university you have so many thoughts going round your head about what to expect and what it will be like. Here are my 5 things I wish I’d have known beforehand:

  1. Everybody is in the same boat as you! That first day can be a bit of a daunting one as you don’t know what you will be walking into or who you will meet. The great thing is that everybody is in exactly the same situation as you and feeling the same way as you. Once you get that first smile off somebody or have that first conversation, you feel all your anxiousness disappears. Remember, some of the people on your course will be your friends for a long time to come- so it’s a positive day.
  2. You don’t need to know everything! You are at university to learn more about your degree subject and enhance your knowledge so don’t feel like you have to know everything about it. The lecturers really are there to help you and guide you through your degree and you will see yourself improving through your assessments.
  3. That part-time job is not more important than your degree! I know money may feel like it is more important than studying or attending your lectures- but it is not! Yes you may be earning some money right here right now but in the long term, getting an excellent degree will pay off far more than that part time job. Prioritise. I would encourage you to have a job as it is good experience, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself or lose sight off your main focus- your degree.
  4. There will be things you don’t like- that’s life! There will be that one module, that one person or that one assignment that really doesn’t float your boat. But nobody said it wouldn’t be challenging. How you deal with those situations will really help you as a person as Uni is about learning new skills personally too, not just academically. I personally was not a fan of group work, however, I couldn’t pick and choose whether I did it or not. You have to learn to get on with it and find ways to deal with it and in the end, you will feel better for overcoming those problems.
  5. Lecturers want you to succeed! There are no trick assignments or lecturers that give you things to trip you up or fail. They really are there to push you and get the best out of you. They want you to be challenged and you can also challenge them. If you disagree with their point or feel you can add something- tell them! They will appreciate that you are really paying attention and feel strongly about what you are saying. Don’t be afraid to have an opinion or send them your work to read beforehand. I was a bit dubious at first to have my work criticised but at the end of the day, they will inform you on how to improve your work and therefore gain a better grade. So be proud of your work and trust your lecturers!

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Snippets about my favourite module

Isabela

My favorite module

Copywriting and Creativity

In order to make you understand why I love this module, I think it would be best if I gave you an overview about myself and my degree so far.

Even before starting University, I knew that my ultimate goal after finishing my degree would be to go into the Public Relations sector but the University of Derby at the time, didn’t offer the course. So I enrolled on Marketing and Advertising Management instead because it was the closest one. I started this course motivated enough that it will give me a good understanding and basics of what goes into Public Relations as well as offering me alternatives, in case I wanted to stick with marketing and/or advertising.

The first year gave me an overview of what business includes, such as human relations modules, marketing and economics. These were shared with all the other single and joint honours business students which made it more interesting because they were already really good at finance and accounting. I personally enjoyed it a lot as it was a reverse learning process.

The second year stepped up in terms of the knowledge and expectations.  At this point we understood marketing and it was our chance to prove our potential and apply it to the marketing and advertising modules. I could say it was a test but it happens all the time in real life and we had the chance to improve along the way. A lot of support was in place and I could see that we needed to work harder to achieve those high end grades.

My third year consisted of the placement but I won’t bore you with the details. Please see the ‘Placement’ post and the reasons why you should go for it!

Now, in the final semester of my final year, everything is completely different. I’ve changed a lot from the first year and I feel a lot more prepared to go into work life. I have the knowledge and skills to take on projects and see opportunities like never before. At this stage, we’re turning into professionals, just like you would see on job descriptions nowadays: ‘Graduate Marketing Assistant’. Well, this is us, the future Marketeers and you will see for yourself once you gradually overcome every year of your degree.

My favorite module was ‘Copywriting and Creativity’, because it links in so strongly with the ‘Public Relations’ job I want to have. It’s a great module because it shows what you will be doing if you choose to work in advertising. Seems simple initially but it’s not, from writing print to doing a TV Campaign we have a lot of work to do. Regular meetings with clients, re-working the campaigns again and again plus the risks you’re taking in case the outcome is not met. I love this module because it fits in with everything I envisaged as my future job! You degree is not just about taking in information. Make sure to really analyze yourself and see what your passionate about and where you fit best. You will enjoy your degree a whole lot more if you do this plus I’m sure the job opportunities at the end will reflect that too!

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My Placement Experience

Isabela

A placement is a great experience for several reasons. I only saw the pros in taking a break within my studies as I could gain more skills, but other students will go to different companies and therefore, reasons might vary. Some of my peers wanted to work in big companies like Coca-Cola, Rolls-Royce and Boots because they thought they experience will be unforgettable and the salary will exceed anyone’s expectations.

Furthermore, they wished they would get a job offer at the end to secure them employment after finishing University. I didn’t have an image of the exact company I wanted to work for and my expectations were average. After doing various part-time jobs such as a customer service assistant in a fish and chip shop and night shifts in a care home, I was longing to get the Marketing experience.

Therefore, I went through endless application processes for all types of companies who offered PR, Marketing and/or advertising placements, hoping I’ll find the one for me. My luck came very close to the placement applications deadline, and it was my last chance to secure a placement. I went for my interview on the Monday and the deadline was in the same week on Friday but that didn’t put me off, actually it had increased my passion and my relentlessness that I had to succeed. This was an important lesson for me and it’s great to be able to share this with prospective students, because you should never give up, persistence is the key and you will get there in the end no matter how many unsuccessful interviews and boring applications.

There was also the other side of us who decided not to take a placement, because they thought one year extra added to their degree and they thought focusing on their studies 100% of the time to get a straight first would make a huge difference. At the end of the day, it’s what clicks for you and I knew I needed, wanted and would love my placement.

My placement consisted of running the Employability and Enterprise Hub in the Atrium at Kedleston Road which was a new project, being launched in the same week when I started.

Looking back, here are the most important benefits to a placement:

  • I have gained practical experience in the industry I wish to work in – my placement started as a blank canvas, as initial goals were set but I had enough freedom to develop them the way I wanted. I have come out of the placement with a wide platform of skills and capabilities and now I feel more confident to write job applications and go to interviews.
  • Once I’ve finished the placement, I know my job opportunities have improved, because the 11 months of experience have made me a stronger candidate who hasn’t just got the right degree but also needs less training and is ready to take a challenge head-on.
  • Working in the sector enhances your experience of teamwork and further develops your interpersonal skills. In my case, there has been less teamwork and more individual work but even so, I have worked in teams and pairs to achieve targets, which I’m sure it’s valid for all organizations.
  • I have also developed an awareness of current developments in the sector, by doing job adverts for companies; I have observed the salary levels and the skills needed in order to match the marketing roles on the market.
  • The placement students returning back to study go onto achieve higher grades and better degrees. This is a fact because once the market has been understood all the assignments will make more sense and you will enjoy doing them.
  • Depending on your abilities and the firm’s budget you have a chance of a firm offer of employment – the majority of the companies will offer a job prospect at the end of the degree according to the student’s performance and job possibilities. If this is not possible you still have plenty of experience to get another job. I didn’t have the opportunity to come back into the Hub because it was only designed to be experience for placement students. However, I made contacts in various departments within the University and so I could do temporary work for them while studying in my third year.

Would I do it again?

A placement can reveal your best aptitudes as well as showing you where you need to improve further.

The best thing about my placement was the fact that the Employability and Enterprise Hub was divided between two distinctive departments of the University. For example, the Careers and Employment Service who helps students with CVs, Cover letters and Interview techniques was useful in order to observe management style and teamwork amongst the staff. Similarly, I had a lot of input from the Business School newly changed to Business College which organised a lot of networking events and put me in touch with companies. I have done a lot of advertising work for many companies, communicated through e-mail and phone in order to organize meetings and sessions where students could talk to them and introduce themselves for future job prospects.

My responsibilities included daily contact with current students and graduates, and even on some occasions working on Open Days and presenting the Hub and the University to prospective students. That was a lot of fun and again, helped me become less nervous when doing presentations.

So my advice would be to go for it!

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Societies and how to get involved

Business, Isabela

Before I finished my placement, I was asked by the committee board of the Business and Entrepreneurial Society if I’d like to join them as the Treasurer. All the students leading the Society were going on internships and placement during summer and there was no one to take over the following term. It sounded like a great idea and so I joined as the Treasurer.

Every Society has to start up with the main three board members in order to exist, Society President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is varied from each other. The President will make sure to look after the members and probably be involved 90% in the creative side, trying to bring the members ideas to life. The Secretary will ensure that there is sufficient assistance for the President and be the middle man between the members and committee where necessary as well as President’s right hand. In comparison, the Treasurer will look after the financial side, and ensure that the Society account is looked after. For example, when students join the Societies, the top-up fee goes into an account, which will provide funding for any activities members would like to happen.

Usually in Freshers’ Week, most of the Societies have a stand where they ‘sell’ themselves. You are able to browse and see what Society interest you most. Then, once you have paid the Society fee of £7 for the whole year, you can just pay the top up fee and join any other Societies you want. This way, you can pick and choose who you want to join, i.e. our Society – The Business and Entrepreneurial Society and the DJ & Mix Society.

Useful facts to know about joining a Society:

  1. It’s more useful than you think – by joining a Society you’re not only enhancing your free time by doing fun stuff but also you’re relaxing your brain to learn and study better. By joining a more academic focused society – i.e The Business and Entrepreneurial Society, you will do activities centred around work experience so you can establish contacts and network constantly.
  2. The dates when you can join a Society are between September and June within an academic year, although most students will make their decision during the Fresher’s Fair.
  3. You have the opportunity to set up your own Society if you wish so. The Students’ Union support any new Societies bearing in mind you adhere to their policies and regulations in regards to Society set-up purposes.

My personal advice would be to take as much advantage of the Fresher’s Fair as possible. Not only will the Societies will be pitching to you, but you will get a better idea of what suits you best, and instead of spending your student loan on nights out, try to spare some money to have fun with new people and enjoy your time at Uni. Do not forget, there’s also the Refreshers’ Fair for when you come back for your second semester in January with freebies and other things available. You might drop out after the first year, a lot of things change and maybe you want to join a new Society, nothing stops you, it’s entirely up to you. Also, from my point of view, you could easily join some sports Societies which will feel like going to the gym and keeping fit for less than the gym price. Alternatively, if the gym is your favourite, we have a Gym on site at Kedleston Road, so do enquire for the prices, they will be discounted for our students.

If you want to find out more information about the Students’ Union and the Societies before coming to University of Derby have a look at the link below:

http://www.udsu.co.uk/societies/

There’s also the Facebook Page for the Students’ Union if you want to have a look, we have had our Graduation Ceremonies lately and pictures are everywhere, this might be you in three years’ time!

https://www.facebook.com/udsupage

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10 Things I love about University <3

Isabela

There is no particular way to describe University, unless you think about the physical aspects, i.e the building campuses or the room layout. In my opinion, University can be categorized as a state of mind, because every student will see it differently and therefore impact on their lives in a unique manner. So, what would I say it’s so special about University?

Well, compared to college, your study becomes even more independent but at the same time it can be argued that people will tend to work more together because they aim to achieve the same grades as you are. One of the triggers to work harder is the financial aspect, which for some it’s a big chunk of the motivation to come out with a good degree.

My Marketing and Advertising degree so far has been 90% coursework, with some group work in the first and second years and complete individual work in the third year. The reason behind that is, I would assume that we all need to get used to working together with people you like or dislike, which will replicate the actual world of work. A lot of learning lessons will come out of it, although you might think you work well with people, everyone has a different style of work and you might not bond together as colleagues but you might remain best friends outside University.

Analyzing the three years of my course so far, I would say the 10 Things I love about University would be:

  1. Academia – For me, the learning outcomes were the most important thing when coming to University. The most interesting thing about becoming a Marketeer or building business acumen is that in order to practice you need a deeper understanding of the consumer psychology, you need essentially to be shown the basics. University is a journey and only going through it you can see how marvellous it is!
  2. Building contacts – This involves both lecturers and colleagues or friends. Your lecturers will become solid references and they will help you even after graduating. There’s always help available at University of Derby, be it your past teachers or in terms of employment we have the Careers and Employment Service. Your colleagues will probably take different routes in life but regardless they will be useful to talk to when you are advancing into other jobs. My advice is keep in touch because they might know some tips or they might know people who you’ll want to connect with for positions in the future. Don’t forget Linkedin – a great tool to expose your skills and capability openly for employers!
  3. Environment – I have been based throughout my degree at the Kedleston Road Campus which I personally love! At breakfast and lunchtime the Atrium is filled with really nice smells from the food counters and there’s a Starbucks and Subway available to grab a drink and something to eat as well as other stalls selling pastries and sweets occasionally. You can always find somewhere to sit and chill in between lessons and it’s impossible not to bump into someone for a chat!
  4. Student Discount – You normal Student ID Card gets you discount in most places, i.e Topshop and New Look but if you get the NUS Extra Card that will give a lot more discount for more stores both online and on the high-street. Either way, you have the privilege of the discount so don’t forget about it.  When you go out do ask if they do student discount because you can’t say no to paying less for your bill. Tip: Chiquitos in Pride Park offer 25% discount to students and the food is Mexican so why not give it a try! #Don’tmissthedeal
  5. Transport – The buses are quite regular, going in between the campuses in Derby, we have the No. 5 which goes towards the Hospital and the Number 6 which goes into town. One trip is approximately 2 pounds but you can get a pass with 10 journeys for less than 10 pounds from the Keddies Kiosk.
  6. Freshers’ and Refreshers’ Week – When I started University 4 years ago I wasn’t aware of the Freshers’ Week and so funnily enough I bumped straight into it on my way to the lecture. There’s a lot of free stuff going round, a lot of discounts and deals for the clubs in the City Centre. Freshers’ Week takes place in the first week of study in September and the Refreshers’ Week same time but in January. Tip: watch out for Domino’s Pizza!
  7. Events – There will be the great nights out you will reminisce in your final year about and there will be the academic events in the University where you will attend to document yourself and network. Similar sessions and workshops will be available, Careers appointments for CV checks and interview practice, they’re all part of the academic life.
  8. Independence – Being able to schedule your shopping trips, making food lists, working and staying late in the library is all part of being independent. Making decisions that affect you in a good or bad way teaches you big lessons in life but most importantly shows you how real life as a graduate will be.
  9. Sharing – This is valid for a lot of categories, it can be sharing knowledge which you will do at some point or another or working in groups will kind of oblige you to show and use your skills. Sharing can also mean living with other students so sharing food or toilet paper. It’s interesting to go through this process because you will learn a lot about yourself and others plus observing what you don’t want to be like.
  10. Social Life- is also quite important in University life because every student needs to keep a balance. For example some students will be away from home and enjoy it but all of us at one point will find it challenging. So make sure you have friends around, try to read a book from time to time, go on excursions, eat out or go to the Cinema. Do whatever you enjoy most, because when you go back to studying, you will feel refreshed and more motivated. Also don’t forget to rest because a tired mind will not give the best of results!

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Places around Buxton

Emily B, HRSM

Bakewell

Bakewell is about 20 minutes away from Buxton and is easily accessible by bus or car. It is a beautiful historic town which is the home of the famous Bakewell Tart, which of course is widely available to purchase there! There are lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and things to do and see. It is home to a huge agricultural show which is the largest of its kind in the UK. It has a fair, a food hall and hundreds of competing animals. The town is well worth a visit!

Ashbourne

Ashbourne is a quaint town about 30 minutes from Buxton, it is on the Transpeak bus route and easily accessible by car. It has some lovely little shops, cafes, restaurants, walks and is home to the ‘Shrovetide’ football game which sees spectators play football in the streets over an 8 hour period, with the goals 3 miles apart! A very interesting watch!

Carsington Water is a reservoir just outside of Ashbourne which is home to water sports such as kayaking, wind surfing, canoeing and sailing. There is also a great cycle route around the reservoir, for the keen cyclist and the not so keen! It is a great place to get some fresh air, with cycle hire facilities or water sports hire facilities, it really has it all! There is a café, some shops and a visitor centre to explore too!

Matlock Bath

Matlock is a really fun place to visit and is best described as the seaside in land! Easily accessed by bus or car, it has fish and chip shops, amusement arcades, a mini aquarium, a mining museum and its own version of Blackpool’s illuminations that run for a couple of months in the year. It also has the ‘Heights of Abraham’, cable cars which take you up a cavern system, a fossil display and of course a lovely tea room! Matlock also offers some English heritage in the Form of Masson Mill. Richard Arkwright built it in 1783 and it is still a working textile museum today with shopping village and restaurant. Matlock is my favourite place in the Peak and I would recommend a visit!

Derby

Derby is the closest large City to Buxton and is home to an Intu Shopping Centre, with over 190 shops inside and outside, along with a food court, cinema and tons of restaurants to choose from. There is also a darker side to Derby as it is reported to be one of the most haunted cities in the country! Ghost Walks around the centre and the Derby Gaol are popular and an exciting experience. If ghosts and the paranormal aren’t your thing, The Assembly Rooms is host to plays, pantomimes, live acts and stand-up comedians regularly.

There is plenty to do for free in Derby too; there are lots of great outdoor spaces to explore such as Darley Park, Markeaton Park and Locko Park. Derby Museum is an interesting place to visit as it covers WW1, the Egyptians and Derby’s own heritage such as Joseph Wright.

The night life in Derby is a really good night out. There is somewhere for every type of music lover. From Mosh, for the indie, rock and drum and bass crowd to Walkabout which plays pop, current music and some classics and many more places to choose from. Both host student nights in the week and offer discount on the night out with drinks offers and reduced entry! There are loads of other great pubs and bars to choose from. There are independent places which brew their own beer or chains such as Revolution and Wetherspoon’s.

Alton Towers

The UK’s largest theme park is less than 25 miles away and can be reached in around 40 minutes by car. During fresher’s week, a trip to Alton Towers is arranged for free, transport included! If you have never visited before you are in for a treat as it is home to amazing roller-coasters, the log flume, a mini sea life centre, a 4D experience and live shows. A day out not to be missed!

10 things I couldn’t live without at University (From the student’s perspective)

Isabela
  1. Internet – You need it quite a lot and most of the time.  Nowadays the lecturers will ask that you use Course Resources on the University’s online portal to check the homework, future assignments and any other information. At the same time, you will need it for social media, to do online shopping  for books and other things as well as access to e-mail. In one word, the Internet is ESSENTIAL!
  2. Phone – A fully charged phone is a great help in any situation. You might be late for classes, forgot which room you are or maybe you’re late for an appointment or even getting in touch with friends and family. You need at all times, full stop.
  3. Colleagues and friends – Make sure you have the details of a few colleagues from your course, because if you missed a lesson they will be able to tell you what happened. Same applies in times of panic when coursework deadlines are close and also to work together for group presentations etc. Friends are the same, they will share stuff with you, cry on your shoulder, ask for help and viceversa. They will become your closest family while at Uni, and some will last forever and some won’t but it happens to everyone.
  4. Free time – Take a break when you need it. We’ve all been there, three days to the assignment hand in date and you’ve got lots to do so you decide not to sleep and just concentrate. But this is where you’re wrong, you can’t focus because your mind and your body is too tired. Eat properly and sleep at least the minimum hours, take a walk or go running to take time off and reload with energy. There’s also the extreme of relaxing too much so find the balance you need and stick with it. There are people who work well under pressure and some who don’t. Try to discover what works best for you.
  5. Sleep – Your eyes need a rest, especially if you work on the computer or are reading. There is the processing of information, adapting to the light and trying to produce accurate information to fill your essay. Even if you decide to take a half an hour nap or just go away from the desktop to cook something, breaks are important, don’t ignore them!
  6. Diary and notes – Sometimes you might have four deadlines in one module for various activities, but then you have other modules to worry about plus homework every week. As long as you keep a diary for notes every week you will achieve what’s required and plan when the reading is due. You will then know when to start the coursework and you will feel in charge and not over stressed when it’s not necessary. This will also allow you to have a good social life.
  7. Water, fruit and chocolate – This is my guilty secret. I tend to have fruit or chocolate when I study because I feel like I’m working best. Not everyone is the same, but some students will eat more due to stress. I keep small quantities of fruit and chocolate next to me to keep me going. The internet is full of advice on how to keep yourself hydrated and what are the foods that help your brain work to its full capacity.
  8. Social life – As mentioned previously, put time aside for going out, enjoy a meal with your friends go to the movies or cook something together. University life is not just about studying constantly, is about having fun while you learn.
  9. Student Card – So many times I have been shopping or come to University and forgotten my card. At Kedleston Road you can’t go into the Library unless you swipe your student card. You can sign in about 10 times if you haven’t got it but this is a bit annoying. So I would strongly suggest you keep your card with you at all times, possibly in your wallet as it has less chance to get lost.
  10. Sturdy handbag – We girls might understand this better. As a student you tend to carry quite a lot of books throughout your degree, because you have to do a lot of reading and you either use a plastic bag to carry them or try to squeeze them in your bag. Even without doing this, you might decide to take your laptop with you to stay in the library later on, but you still need a sturdy handbag! #CoolUniLife!

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Getting around Buxton

Emily B, HRSM

There is so much to explore in the Peak District it difficult to know where to start! Buxton is in the heart of the Peak and does have a reputation of being difficult to get to and from- but this is not at all true!

By Car

If you are bringing a car to University and staying in Buxton, you won’t need to use it that much as all the amenities you would need are in Buxton itself. If you want to explore the surrounding area however, it is easy to do so by car. Manchester is just over an hour away and so is Derby Centre; it really is a central location! There is plenty of parking on the streets around the University but there is no official parking for the Uni itself. I have never had an issue getting a space and the on-street parking is only a few minutes away from the campus so is no bother at all- and most importantly- it’s free!

By Bus

The buses are a really useful way to get around if you don’t have a car. They take an hour and a half to get to Derby Centre and an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Manchester. The bus route also stops at the smaller destinations such as Bakewell, Matlock and Stockport. They are about every hour and run till late.

By Train

There is also a train station right next to the Uni. In my year there are a few people who commute from Stockport and Manchester by train. From Manchester it takes around an hour and from Stockport it takes 45 minutes. There are several stops so you have plenty of choice as to where you get it from. The Derby route takes a little longer, around 2 hours and requires changes.

However you are travelling to Buxton, the views along the way are an absolute pleasure so enjoy 🙂

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Being an Education Liaison Mentor

Sakina O

Last week I did my first shift as an Education Liaison Mentor (ELM) working for the University of Derby. ELMs work with the Education Liaison team and help to deliver sessions to schools and colleges within the region and also participate in applicant days and open days at the university.

I first heard about the role when someone came to talk about it in one of my lectures at the end of my first year and it sounded like the perfect job for me. It’s very flexible and I can work as little or as much as I please which is great as it means that I can fit work in around my lectures and other family commitments that I have.

Having registered my interest, I was invited to attend a training session in October where I had to participate in various group activities and give a short presentation on a certain topic that we were given. This was a really fun and informal session and after completing this, I was offered and accepted the role of ELM.

Unfortunately, because of the million assignments I had to do last semester, I wasn’t in a position to take on any work until last week but now my diary is quickly filling up with loads of different jobs! I won’t lie; I was terrified in the run up to my first shift and was convinced that I was going to be chucked in at the deep end and left alone with a rowdy bunch of year 11s but that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

The first session that I worked was ‘Revision Techniques’ and I had the choice to either just observe or I could pick a slide that I wanted to present. My instincts were to just observe but I decided to bite the bullet and have a go and do you know what? It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I was talked through the presentation beforehand with the Education Liaison Assistant (ELA) who was leading the session and there was a paper copy of the presentation with notes that I could refer to. The kids were all really engaged and I think they found it really useful in the run up to their GCSEs.

Since then I have worked a number of different sessions and am finding it to be a really interesting experience, not all classes are as well behaved as my first one but the teachers are always close at hand to shut down unruly behaviour so it’s not too scary! Being an ELM has even got me thinking again about potentially doing a PGCE when I graduate which is a career path that I had totally discounted. All in all, I am loving the role and getting some really great experience to add to my CV.

If you think you might be interested in becoming an ELM then please email ELTeam@derby.ac.uk for more information.

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