My life as an intern
Hi! I'm Ashleigh and I am the intern for Residential Life leading campaigns and events for students in halls of residence here at Manchester Met. I hope you are enjoying your time at Manchester Met and hope you have settled into your accommodation!
I guess I should give a bit of background about me... so here goes! I studied at Manchester Metropolitan University for 4 years at the Cheshire campus and I graduated in July 2018 with a 2:1 in Crime Studies and Psychology.
I think my second and third year were the best years for me in University. I found my feet, joined a society and actually started to make an effort with all aspects of university life (I highly recommend this!). I started my job as a Residential Advisor in my third year and it was one of the most fulfilling and best jobs I've had.
When I graduated I was so unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, I wanted to do a masters but I also wanted a job. I worked part time for a short while before applying for my current job as an Intern and here I am!
I am fortunate enough to be working in a job that I enjoy and no two days are the same, which is a bonus!
A typical day for me starts by checking all social media and updating when necessary. If we have any events or campaigns running I will promote and market those (which is really fun because I get to make lots of posters).
I get to meet people I never thought I would which has done wonders for my communication skills and confidence! Especially when I arrange meetings and collaborative projects!
I get to learn a lot more about budgeting, finance, planning and leadership in my internship; skills which I can take with me in all future careers!
If you are worrying about what you will do after Graduation, take a leaf out of Jess Glynne's book... Don't be so hard on yourself! Life isn't a race or a competition between who can get an extra qualification or who can get that dream grad job. My internship is 1 year long and I'll have to begin looking for another job in a few months... but I'm ok with that!