I’m Jess and I’m a Campus Ambassador for Ark Teacher Training at the University of Sheffield. I’m in my third year at university and am studying English Literature.
I was first attracted to the role as I liked Ark’s mission as an educational charity. The role was really flexible and allowed me to fit in work around my busy timetable. I’m interested in getting into teaching after university, so thought it would be a great way for me to find out more and spread the word on campus about Ark!
The role itself is really varied. From organising and facilitating events to promote the programme, to helping people with their applications and answering any questions they might have. One of the biggest parts of the role is promoting the Ark Teacher Training brand on campus, I do this through flyers, social media and chatting to people about the programme and Ark schools.
I’ve loved organising the events to promote Ark Teacher Training. My highlight has been the Spoken Word evening I ran in association with the university’s Poetry Society. We even had a performance from Mark Grist, former English teacher turned poet. The event had a good turnout and everyone had a great night! The evening was themed around teaching and provided a unique and interesting way for people to find out more about teacher training.
Being a Campus Ambassador has really helped me with my organisation and management skills. Being in charge of my own events has been exciting and empowering. The role has also helped to build my confidence. By presenting and engaging with people at careers fairs, I’ve improved my public speaking and presentation skills and now feel really confident talking to new people!
I love being a Campus Ambassador and would definitely recommend it. It’s been really flexible and fits in around my studies and extra-curricular activities. I’ve also enjoyed learning more about teaching and the great work Ark does.
Want to join Jess? Apply now to become a Campus Ambassador for 2017/18.