Creativity, leadership, and sustainability are themes I engage with on a regular basis. Through volunteering a year abroad, my environmental activism, my singing-songwriting fascination since age 11 and a thriving love for poetry, I have honed my passions into these three distinct areas. This has helped me gather numerous experiences and insights into a variety of fields such as the NGO-Sector, Entrepreneurial Businesses and TV Broadcasting. My goal in the long-term is to work in a managerial or creative role in one of these fast-moving and world-shaping industries.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” -
Ghandi’s words have guided me through my life. I’m always striving to learn, create and build better spaces as well as push myself to do new, fearful things.
The Graduate Skills Programme (GSP) has been one of the ways I’ve aimed to push myself to become comfortable with job applications; especially with the identification of key attributes and skills. Most importantly, GSP is a space for me to collect my ideas and passions and emulate them into a proper canvas painting with which I can head into my future thereby directing its path.
This portfolio will focus on key personal and extra-curricular activities which have helped me acquire and develop numerous vital skills such as gaining confidence, becoming an experienced collaborator, ethically and socially aware, and resourceful and responsible.
Academic skills & Attributes
I chose Glasgow University for the flexibility of course choices offered to Undergraduate Students. The variety of interests I pursue outside of University is mirrored in my degree. I had the chance to take part in courses such as English Literature, Social & Public Policy, Music, Business & Management, and Politics. The diversity of courses has challenged me to use my mind in a multitude of ways, which has in turn improved my analytical and reflective skills as well as enhancing my critical thinking.
Personal Skills & Attributes
The University has offered me a broad range of activities I have learned a great deal from. One of the Societies I have been part of is the Glasgow University Climate Action Society (GUCA), which has widened my social and ethical awareness, made me investigative as well as improve my adaptability. I have also been involved in ENACTUS, a Society which has enhanced my collaboration, communication skills and confidence.
I have advanced my critical thinking skills through the Creative Writing Society, by taking workshops at the Student Learning Service on essay writing and attending the 3-day Academic Writing Class.
I have learned valuable time management and subject specific skills through applying for funding from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) for a startup community cafe as well as taking part in the Graduate Performance Management Programme (GPMP).
My collaboration skills have improved through networking with XChange Scotland and working as Class Representative at the University of Glasgow.
Attending Philosophy and Meditation Classes as well as my own singer-songwriter ventures have made me resourceful and responsible as well continuing the process of self - reflection and improvement.
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Transferable Skills & Attributes
My work experience has grown since my time at University, although I have had substantial opportunities before coming to Glasgow. At age 16, I worked in a Theatre as an usher and waitress, looked after a elderly lady who suffered from dementia gave English language and vocabulary skills tutoring classes. These engagements have helped me to be an effective communicator and improved my ability to deal with managing finances. They also introduced me to the importance of customer relationships and increased my patience and ability to understand different perspectives.
Furthermore, during my European Voluntary Service (EVS) in Poland I worked in a Foundation for Mutual European Understanding, which massively boosted my confidence, resourcefulness, creativity, communication skills, social awareness and independence. Finally, working in a catering service as a bartender and in a cafe in the summer as a waitress has expanded my understanding of customer service and retention.
Future Career Plans
My future career plans include starting my own consultancy business advising companies on their "corporate social footprint" (carbon footprint, treatment of staff, production processes), although I am also considering working in the creative industries either as a music or an events manager.
At the moment, I am working as the Marketing Manager in PlanB Consulting for some valuable experience working in a company environment and putting creative ideas into practice.
For next year I aim to complete an internship in Santa Barbara, California to widen my entrepreneurial knowledge (becoming a subject specialist) as well as gain insight into the creative industries there. This will lead me to complete my Masters at The University of California or Lund University.
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