"I've also benefited from having from having a mentor who has helped me to think about my network and ways that I can better understand myself and the University."
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I was born and raised in an inner city area of Birmingham called Handsworth. I studied Economics and Management at the University of Oxford and spent three years living, working and studying in London. I moved back to Birmingham in 2016 and joined the University of Birmingham shortly afterwards. I am passionate about education, economics and using my time to make a positive difference to the world around me.
What's your job now, and how long have you been doing it?
I work for the University as a Graduate Management Trainee. The traineeship is a two year programme that will prepare me to take up a managerial position in higher education. The first year is made up of three four-month placements, followed by a year-long placement in year two. I have the benefit of working in different Departments around the University.
What has helped your career whilst working here?
People. In an organisation of this size you have to get on with people and you have to know how to build your network. Simple things can go a long way, like purchasing something small to say 'thank you' to people who you've worked with on a project. I've also benefited from having a mentor who has helped me to think about my network and ways that I can better understand myself and the University.
What advice would you give to other members of staff?
- Self-awareness is the best teacher you will have. If you're aware of yourself (your strengths and weaknesses) and how you come across to other people, you can begin taking the steps that will lead to greater effectiveness and fulfilment.
- Don't ever feel like your 'trapped' in a particular position or type of work. You can always find new opportunities if you're willing to work for it.
Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share?
There are lots of opportunities to play football with staff! People of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome.
If, like Daniel, you would like to share your story, please email us.