I’m a third-year sociology student studying at the University of Bath. I found the role at Action Tutoring through my university placement hub. For the past few years, Action Tutoring has been employing Bath University students through these placements. I was interested in applying due to the variety of tasks the role covered and I was interested in either working in the HR field or taking a Marketing and Communications route. I noticed this role will allow me to tap into both areas and I was excited. I also pride myself on giving back and this role allowed me to do that.
My role title is Recruitment and Communications Assistant. This means that I am responsible for the recruitment of volunteers, social media and all other marketing activities.
My role involves reading volunteer applications and carrying out telephone interviews with prospective tutors. I am also responsible for creating content for social media including taking part in social media campaigns, such as Giving Tuesday and Student Volunteering Week. I am in charge of updating our online adverts, which promote our volunteering roles, and other marketing research activities. I have also had the opportunity to design and create posters, flyers and cards to support our charity’s activities. The great thing about my role is the variety of tasks involved. I am able to delve in and show my different skills, whilst learning new skills also. Another positive aspect of my role is that I am able to learn on the job and gain more office experience, understanding the dynamics of working in that environment.
I was also fortunate enough to volunteer as a tutor at one of the programmes. I tutored in an English programme at a primary school in North London. The experience was amazing and I was able to watch myself develop, as I had never tutored before. I saw myself grow in confidence and saw my pupils grow in confidence also. There were some challenging sessions, but I learnt the importance of persevering and having patience. Overall, I will truly miss my pupils and I was grateful to be able to tutor them and make an impact.
If you are thinking or considering doing a placement year, I would 100% recommend it. Working in Action Tutoring has allowed me to take on and have real responsibilities that I may have not necessarily have had if I worked with a large organisation. The whole team is amazing, and I will truly miss and cherish the year once I go back to university in September.