Before Christmas, I was contacted by Nottingham Trent University to see whether I would be interested in taking part in a brand new programme for the current academic year for the students within the School of Arts and Humanities.
The Nottingham Trent University Alumni Fellowship programme, now in its third year within the University’s Business School, is a chance for alumni to come back and make a real difference for the current crop of future graduates.
New for 2016/17, the School of Arts and Humanities has recruited 50 alumni to work with NTU School of Arts and Humanities students in a variety of ways. This ranges from mentoring, to mock interviews, presentations, guest lectures, talks and much more. Each alumni is encouraged to dedicate just 15 hours across the year to the programme – a small chunk in relative terms, but a slice of time that can make a big difference.
After attending the launch event two weeks ago, I was thrilled to have been invited to take part. There are so many ways to get involved, and each of the alumni can contribute in any way they wish. It’s a great personal honour for me that an institution that shaped my future is inviting me back to help mentor the next generation. Even at the age of 26, I know that there is a lot I can bring to the table and I’m confident that being younger than most taking part, will make me slightly easier to relate to for current students.
My first contribution to the programme will be this Wednesday at NTU Clifton Campus, where I will be speaking to students about the importance of placements at a special Placement Showcase. Recruiting interns and helping them develop is a significant aspect of my work for The Dairy, so I feel this is an area where I can really contribute for the University. I personally place a lot of value in placements for young people because it’s an opportunity to gain an early insight into the world of work and see how their chosen industry operates.
I will be writing regular updates about my time on the NTU Alumni Fellowship Programme throughout the year. To find out more about the programme, visit the Nottingham Trent University website.