|Management, Information Technology and Language|
|University of York|
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A day in the life of a Timetabling Assistant in the United Kingdom
What I do
I am responsible for allocating rooms and spaces across the University campus to academic and extra-curricular activities, as well as meetings and other events in the day-to-day running of the University. I help to prepare the timetable - a job that requires collecting data about 30,000 activities across campus and finding them a time and space!
Skills I use and how I developed them
Knowledge of the University and the HE sector.
As a sabbatical officer for YUSU, I learnt how to deal with the HE sector's many stakeholders and how all parts of universities work together to deliver the student experience.
What I like most
The challenges that constantly have me thinking and using my brain to come up with solutions - ultimately leading to happy customers!
What I like least
Sometimes other areas of the University might make a decision we don't agree with - but we still need to implement it and get it right!
What would I change? I would have returned to the HE sector sooner, as it's an environment I really enjoy working in.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
I hope to progress within the Campus Services and other support roles, with a higher position within the next year and continued promotion in the future.
My advice to students considering work
First - apply early - it's better to leave with an average job than none at all - and you can keep applying for more jobs as you're earning money! Be prepared to be knocked back several times - don't give up because someone great will employ you.
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