On the 15th May I attended the Worcester Award Celebration Event which is an evening all about recognising those who have completed the Worcester award and their achievements. I went along to receive my ‘gold’ award and also got a very unexpected surprise!
The Worcester Award is an employability award that recognises the employment, voluntary and extra-curricular activities of students at the University. It places focus on those that go the extra mile to make the most of their time at university and who do everything they can to add value to their degree and improve their employability.
I completed the silver level last year and this year undertook and completed the gold level of the award. To achieve gold I needed to have completed a minimum of 80 hours of work experience which I more than covered through my work as a wellbeing champion, welcome desk assistant, digital ambassador and student life blogger. I also needed to have completed at least 40 hours of professional development activities (so volunteering) which I exceeded by using my roles as chair person and vocal director of loco, sitting on the staff consultative forum and volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Society.
I also had to complete three employability activities so I went to a careers appointment with a careers advisor to work on my graduate CV and attended a psychology careers day hosted by my course. Along with this it was mandatory to attend a workshop about interview technique and utilising the Worcester Award. Finally, I had to complete and submit a personal statement before completing a 5 minute presentation about the activities I had undertaken. This was followed by a panel interview of university staff members and external employers.
Myself and Susie attended the awards evening together as she had completed the silver level. It was a really nice evening with free prosecco and a fancy buffet where we saw everyone receive their awards and had some talks from guest speakers. After everyone had collected their awards they announced some ‘top’ awards such as best presentation etc.
I was so surprised and thrilled to have won the award for ‘outstanding overall performance.’ Neil spoke to me after my interview and said that my presentation and interview were the best he has ever seen since starting the award but I assumed that was something he said to everyone. After a tough couple of months this was a really nice boost and reminded me that I am doing well despite worrying about finding graduate work.
I guess I am doing alright and hard work is rewarded after all.
(p.s the professional photos in this blog are by the very talented Martin Humby of Martin Humby Photography)