UCL Academy students experience world of work at UCL
3 July 2014
Five sixth form students from the UCL Academy have been enjoying direct experience of the world of work and university life by taking part in two week placements in five divisions across UCL.
The students have been based within Communications & Marketing, Student Registry Services, UCL Enterprise, Finance and HR. The students have each been shadowing team members, finding out more about what they do and helping them on routine tasks.
One of the five, Rifasudeen Mohamed Anver, has been working within UCL Enterprise, the division of UCL responsible for developing the university's relationships with the business community and supporting student and academic entrepreneurship.
Rifasudeen has been working on the Citrus Saturday project, a UCL initiative to give school students a taste of how it feels to run a business.
"I have been making maps for the volunteers who will be working on Citrus Saturday and entering data onto spreadsheets for the people working on the project. To be part of such a huge initiative has made this work experience even more rewarding and made me feel like an integral part of the team," said Rifasudeen.
Another of the students, Omar Safwat, has spent the fortnight working with the different teams in Communications & Marketing, writing news stories, helping at events and assisting on film shoots for UCLTV. "Working here has been truly rewarding and given me direct experience of working in this field. It's been really helpful in helping me decide what I want to do in my future career."
Working here has been truly rewarding and given me direct experience of working in this field. It's been really helpful in helping me decide what I want to do in my future career.
Omar Safwat, UCL Academy (VE3)
Charlotte Croffie, Head
of Organisational Development in Human Resources, said: "As
an academic institution with a strong sense of equity, UCL has a
commitment to make a positive difference. This joint initiative with
UCL Academy provides us with the opportunity to honour this
"It also enables UCL Academy students who are at the stage in their lives where they are considering their options for the future to get a real sense of university life while developing transferable skills for the world of higher education and work."
- UCL Academy student Mohamed Abdalla (Courtesy of Omar Safwat)