The Best Job on Campus
Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog, today’s post is going to be about my work as a student ambassador at Warwick; enjoy!
I began working for Warwick Welcome Service (WWS) in my third year and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t start this job from my first year. Although it’s the only job I’ve had while at Warwick, I honestly think it’s the best job on campus because in the few months that I’ve been working for WWS, I’ve made new friends, grown in confidence, and already met the fundraising target which motivated me to get this job in the first place. (I’m planning to go volunteering for 3 months in September and it’s going to cost me £800 to go, so at the start of the academic year I set myself the goal of saving up this amount by getting a job).
I applied to WWS after it was highly recommended to me by a friend. The WWS is a team of student ambassadors who support the work of the Student Admissions and Recruitment Office across a whole range of activities, including providing campus tours for visitors, helping with activities in local schools, representing Warwick at Open Days and other events, and supporting a range of activities which raise awareness of Higher Education. In the past few months, I’ve worked at loads of Open Days and in a variety of roles (e.g. in the Welcome Tent where visitors register, as an accommodation tour guide, and also in the car park at the Park & Ride, which meant that I got to be the first ‘Warwick face’ that visitors saw); I’ve also worked at Widening Participation events (e.g. a primary school graduation ceremony); and this summer, I’ll be working at two of Warwick’s residential summer schools for 16-17 year olds.
Aside from the great pay, one of the best things about working for WWS is that the shifts you work are determined entirely by you, so it’s totally flexible and can work with your academic and social timetable. (FYI: Working a shift requires you looking online at what jobs are upcoming and then signing up to the ones you want to work; a confirmation email is later sent to you if the job has space left and you’ve been selected to work it). Another element of the job that I really enjoy is how much it’s helped me grow; for example, talking to a small group of strangers as I give them an hour-long campus tour has really improve my interpersonal skills, while the sheer number of people that I meet and interact with when working in the Welcome Tent (hundreds in the space of a few hours) has greatly increased my confidence. A really great thing about WWS is that it gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference: the widening participation events we work at typically engage with young people from disadvantaged socio-economic background, and it’s really great to interact with these young people and motivate some of them to raise their aspirations.
There’s a lot of great things to be said for working with the WWS, but my absolute favourite aspect of my job are the Warwick students I get to meet and work alongside. WWS selects students to join its team who are personable and friendly, and this has made work ten times more enjoyable than it might otherwise be because it’s meant that every shift is a few hours spent talking and laughing with Warwick students that I likely wouldn’t have spoken to outside of work.
I’ve been encouraging all the first and second years I know to apply to WWS in the next academic year, and if you’re a prospective student reading this, then I’d highly recommend that you apply too if you study at Warwick! Working with the Warwick Welcome Service is one of the best decisions I’ve made while at university!