After a long summer break, it is good to be back; and this time, not just virtually but, in fact, face to face! Before the start of the academic year, we had good Open Days in August and September. During one of the Open days, I had the opportunity to be the student ambassador and here are my views of the position.
As many of you would have experienced Open days, I am sure you would have come across ambassadors during your visit – and as a student, you could become one of those! But why should you try and get this experience?
First, it is a good way of adding work experience to your CV, and it pays decent based on the number of hours you contribute during the open days or even throughout the year if you choose that option during recruitment. And don’t worry, the organizers of the open day give a good training session to help you understand your role.
Secondly, it is an excellent way to meet different people and improve your people skills. Irrespective of the profession one chooses, one needs to have the capacity to converse with even strangers at times, and this experience will allow you to learn/ upgrade that skill.
In addition, this was also a way to socialize with my peers and seniors who were my fellow ambassadors since I had spent two years of my degree in a virtual classroom, and I found many new friends through it!
Lastly, it was nice to see so many students around the campus, some with parents and others with their friends dreaming of starting a new chapter in their life. And as they dream, they approach you with their questions to see if this university fits their idea, and unknowingly you become a part of their story, their decision. So, all in all, the experience enriches you! So, the next time you get an email saying they are trying to recruit an ambassador, you might want to consider it?!
Thank you for reading! Best wishes for the start of a new academic year!