Produced by Patricia Obawole
LLB (Hons) Law
Raise your hand if you have ever run out of money? Raise your hand if you have ever spent way too much too quickly of your methodically planned budget? And last of all, raise your hand if you’re tired of always being broke? Have you kept your hand up for all three (or even just one) question? Well, I can tell you, I certainly have. Looks like it’s time for you to get a job. A job you say?! But how will I manage this with my university work? Well this is the best part – you don’t need to scour Bournemouth in the hopes of becoming employed; the university hires a vast amount of willing students to become ambassadors every year.
Basically, a student ambassador is someone that helps the uni out with anything from Open Days to graduation.
With being a student ambassador the university knows that you are first and foremost a student, but a student that could do with the extra money. An ambassador chooses when to work and what events they want to help out with, so there is no pressure on you to always make yourself available as long as you are ready to commit to a time you’ve already stated (basic principles of the work place if you ask me). The job is diverse, so it’s always exciting, I’ve done things such as campus/bus tours, chaperoning graduations, delivering workshops to potential students and even, you’ll never guess, written blogs for prospective and current students.
The rates of pay you say? Well let’s just say it is something to brag about and definitely worth it!
I would have to say the best thing about it is the fact that you get to understand the nitty gritty bits about the uni, not just what you see on the outside but how all the internal cogs work. Not to mention the great people you get to work with and would have never met had it not been for the job. Ooh did I mention it enhances your CV? And you have the responsibility of being a beacon for potential students and representing the uni.
So what am I trying to say? Well, being a student ambassador is a commitment, but does not mean you can’t have fun and games along the way!
By Patricia Obawole