Graduate programme gave Aoife life lessons on the job

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"I’ve had my fair share of jobs, and I don’t know if I’ll ever shake the love I have for the WIT team!"

There are many reasons for anyone to put themselves forward for the Graduate Ambassador role at WIT. Former ambassador Aoife gives five good reasons

Aoife Bulfin joined the Marketing & Communications team at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in February 2016 as part of the Graduate Ambassador programme. Since her time at WIT, Aoife, a graduate of WIT’s Law degree who gained a Masters in Journalism from UL, went on to work for digital marketing agency Thimba Media as its Content Executive in Waterford city and made a return to higher education when she landed a job at Griffith College as its PR & Content Executive.

1. The work experience is invaluable

I was fortunate enough to obtain my Law degree from WIT in 2014. My course was exactly what I thought it would be and it’s thanks to the broad range of topics that I’m where I am today. In saying that, there’s only so much you can learn from your degree. Ultimately, a lot of your  learnings and life lessons will be made on the job. As one half of the graduate ambassador team, I was lucky that I had the opportunity to learn on the job and make some mistakes with someone in a similar position to me. We were thrown into the deep end, taking campus tours, assisting events operations, responsible for social media, micro-managing student ambassadors and helping prospective students. Some of these things you can’t learn from a book.

2. The team at WIT

I’ve had my fair share of jobs, and I don’t know if I’ll ever shake the love I have for the WIT team! The Marketing & Communications Office is one of the most fun (and this is coming from someone who worked at an agency that had a ping pong table in the building) and energetic teams I’ve worked with. Each member of the team has something new to offer ever day. I was very lucky to have the chance to shadow Elaine and John in my role, who were both happy to point me in the right direction as well as tell me when I was wrong.

3. It takes two

It’s not that often you get to start in a new work place and have someone else in a very similar situation. Having that buddy system where you’re not in that long after someone else offers a real sense of safety. I moved back to Waterford after living at home in Limerick for a year and it was very daunting. All my friends had moved away and Waterford wasn’t home. It didn’t take long for Waterford to become home again though. My other half during the programme Karen Haberlin is partly to thank for this! Karen started the day before me on the graduate programme and I think it’s safe to say I’ve made a friend for life now. We’re still friends and we often visit each other in Dublin and Waterford.

4. The perks associated

It’s always nice to have those little extras attached to the job. As a staff member, you get a discounted rate to the WIT Arena, (something I still miss to this day and the wonderful staff) you can take part in professional development week and you can do short courses if it’s beneficial to your role.

5. Gaining more confidence

As part of the role, you’re expected to speak with secondary school students, so you can be on the road quite a bit at particular times of the year. Speaking in front of young people can be scary at the beginning but it does wonders for your self-confidence. Practice makes perfect.

Find out more about the Graduate Ambassador programme at WIT.

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