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Becoming a student ambassador

Spread the word about your university and you’ll get a spread of skills for your CV as well. Read on to find out about being a student ambassador.

What is a student ambassador?

Student ambassadors are students who represent their university. This might mean showing prospective students around and answering questions at open days, looking after new students when they arrive for their first term or manning stands at conferences and careers fairs. Student ambassadors are also often involved in outreach work, which is where students go into schools to do presentations and tell pupils about what university is like.

To be a student ambassador you’ll need to be enthusiastic about your university, and want to share that enthusiasm with other people. You’ll also have to commit a certain amount of time to training and working at events. Contact your university’s student service department to find out what opportunities they have and how to apply.

What’s in it for me?

Well, you’ll normally be paid – which is always nice – and it’s easier to fit working as a student ambassador around your timetable than with other part-time jobs, since the university will know how important your studies are. It’s a good way to socialise and meet other students as well

You’ll also get plenty of long-term benefits after you leave university. Being a student ambassador demonstrates to employers that you have important employability skills like teamworking, communication skills and time management and that you are motivated and organised, so you’ll have a big advantage when applying for jobs. Most universities put their ambassadors on an award scheme, which will really stand out on your CV.

Other options

Even if you don’t fancy being an ambassador, there are other ways to increase your employability skills at university:

  • Lots of charities use student volunteers to fundraise and run campaigns on campus, which is a great way of doing some good for your CV as well as doing good for others
  • You could also do some work running campaigns with your Student Union, which demonstrates your organisational and administrative skills
  • If you’re a member of a university society, you can do more than just turn up to events. Societies need a chairman to organise events, and most have a treasurer to manage member’s fees and other money, roles which require responsibility, trustworthiness and planning abilities
  • Whether you want a full-time media job or not, contributing to your student media will give you written and communication skills useful for a wide range of careers

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