So, blog number 2! This one is going to be more about how I have found it being in the job, since I’ve started in July to now. It’s normal thing for anyone entering a new job to find it daunting and scary; becoming Activities Officer was absolutely no different to that!
My first week on the job me and the team (Lauren – President, Ryan –Education Officer, Naomi – Welfare Officer and Rhun – UMCA President and Welsh Affairs Officer) headed up to Liverpool for the SU16 Conference. This was the first time I’d spent with my new colleagues. It was a good way to break the ice and just meet each other properly for the first time!
The conference itself was also a scary place with loads of people who knew what they were talking about, and then there was me… I really did feel that I had no idea what I was doing. As the conference went on, I was beginning to learn things and just begin to see what I could do with my year, that’s when the excitement kicked in.
Taking the experiences I had at Liverpool was beneficial when it came to actually starting my job and sit at my desk. Obviously, I still didn’t really know what to do, what I was allowed to do and who I needed to ask about particular issues I had. These are all day to day routines that I soon learned which made the job a bit clearer.
Flashing forward now to September, I have very quickly been able to develop relationships and ideas within and around the job. Me and the team have weekly quiz nights and do enjoy the new series of Bake Off, so we have certainly become stronger as a team and we are actually friends too! As for my day to day chores (emails!) I know what to do and what the answer is to more questions than I did when I started!
Right now everyone’s energy is focused on Activities Week and Freshers’ Week – both of which will be a completely different ball park to what I’ve become used to since I started – I will actually be able to get to know the students and see what you all have to offer!
I think I’m going to leave it there and hopefully get round to doing a mid-Activities Week/Freshers’ Week blog (if I have the time!). So until then, enjoy your summer and I look forward for all the students to get back!
Jasmine Cross PS Wish me luck!