What did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied a full-time BA English degree and graduated last July in 2017.
What did you do as a CEN8 volunteer?
I completed a range of different tasks for CEN8. I started off with organising, monitoring and preparing creative and arts-related activities for the Saturday Arts Club, which were based for children aged 7-12. We encouraged and inspired the children by allowing them to develop and improve their artistic talent, and to express their own creative talents. I also attended weekly meetings to organise the activities and to share ideas with fellow volunteers.
This included preparation for some independent projects, such as writing articles and contributing poetry to CEN8’s monthly newsletter and online blog.
What was the most useful thing you learnt by being a volunteer?
I’ve learnt that the most useful thing about volunteering is that you are able to give your time and energy towards a really incredible cause. It also gives you a sense of purpose, as an individual and as part of the CEN8 family. My artistic skills and views towards art were transformed after joining CEN8, as I was able to discover others’ ideas and endeavours.
What was the best thing about volunteering?
How rewarding it is to inspire and encourage others, by investing your own time and effort to help them be they best they can be. It was a priceless experience, where I was able to meet so many incredible and talented people and also share my own passion and ideas to them. It is definitely one of the best experiences I had and also helped me to focus on something apart from the studies.
What have you been up to since leaving Goldsmiths?
I have been working as a private English Tutor and have also recently joined a Tuition company/organisation relatively close to where I live, tutoring English and Maths at most, if not all, levels. I have also been working at a Primary school as a TA in East London at the beginning of this year but have completed this placement.
Has/how volunteering for CEN8 impacted on you since you left?
It has definitely opened up my mind to the possibilities out there in the world, especially when it came to the creative/arts industries. It has also helped me decide where I want to be in the future. I want a career which will allow me to express my creativity and love of art, as well as finding something which is stable for the long term. The experience I gained with CEN8 has provided me with life-long skills and contacts, which I am forever grateful for.
What career advice would you students currently at university?
I have always and still believe that you really need to follow what you enjoy doing and what you think will personally suit you best. I would never advise one to do something just because it sounds good or someone else would prefer you do that. You should stick to improving your own talent and unique skills so that they could grow in to something great, impacting and innovative. Nobody apart from you should influence your own career choice, as it’s you who will be in that position at the end of the day.