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Dudley Chown

Student Experience and Success Team

Dudley Chown

The Student Experience & Success Team aims to understand, support and enhance the student experience at the University of Bradford – which includes striving to enable the engagement, development and success of all of our students.  

The internship project involved supporting the team with a variety of projects. Gaining experience in project support, IT and research skills; as well as working in student/education development.

Why did you apply for the Summer Experience Internship?

I applied for the Summer Experience Internship for a variety of reasons: transferable skills development, to increase my commercial awareness and to try my hand at something I might not have previously considered, while hopefully increasing my employability.

What did you enjoy about the Internship?

I applied to work as a Student Experience Project Intern with the Student Experience & Success Team (SEST) at the University of Bradford, exposing me to a variety of new situations and tasks, greatly aiding my transferable skills development. Reflecting on the Summer Experience Internship, it was an excellent personal developmental opportunity, made possible through the excellent support and guidance provided by both Ruth Lefever and Usman Ahmed, whom I worked closely with in SEST. My time with SEST allowed me to appreciate the importance and variety of work the team dealt with, underlined by the opportunity at the end to co-lead the annual University of Bradford Year 13 Summer School, a personal highlight of the internship experience.

What tips would you give to prospective students?

Your Summer Experience Internship is what you make of it, through fully engaging with all of the activities and support offered by everyone within SEST I have been able to maximise the personal development benefits from the experience.

What support did you receive from Career Development Services?

Career and Employability Services (CES) helped me find Internships to apply to and also aided me through the application process. They also assisted me while on my Summer Experience Internship, through the provision of a Self-Reflective Workbook and contact with a member of CDS.

What actions are you taking to improve your employability whilst at university?

I am always looking for new ways in which to develop my transferable skills and employability, and currently hold various positions of responsibility, participate in community work and currently study full time. Utilising the events hosted and services offered by CES has enabled me to find new opportunities, and following the experience on the Summer Experience Internship last year I now feel able to, and am currently pursuing, Summer Internships with global companies to greater increase my commercial awareness, enhance my transferable skills and increase my employability.

What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?

I can’t overstate the importance of being open to new opportunities that may arise, and although some roles may be different to ones you may have previously considered, it is important to consider these different roles. They offer the opportunity to develop your transferable skills, and even if the role isn’t something you’d like to consider in the long term, then you have that experience to reflect on and the transferable skills to draw on when applying in future for other roles, something which should enable you to stand out over other candidates.