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Brunel placement experience provides a kick-start to career path

Jasmine During

Brunel was the only University in the UK to offer the two courses that I wanted, with a placement year. Without that placement year, I would've been lost post-graduation!

Jasmine, Alumni, Undergraduate

National Programmes Coordinator, UK Youth

Psychology and Sociology BSc - 2014

From UK

Tell us about your career journey since you graduated…

When I left Brunel I was interested in working closely with people, since my prior experience had been mainly office based. I worked front-of-house at a Gym, and eventually spent three and a half years supporting children with special educational needs. I really enjoyed it, but felt limited as a member of the support staff, so I made the decision to work in the charity sector. Now I get to create the curriculum and more for programmes that support NEET young people around the UK.

What does an average day at work involve for you?

I split my time on various projects, creating content to be delivered by regional youth workers. I attend meetings - some may be in a park or at a nice café - and provide administrative support for project managers. I get to go and see my projects being delivered, and then present findings to the charity.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Making a difference to children who struggle with many issues in their lives has been very rewarding. Sometimes it is as simple as being able to make them laugh. In my charity role, knowing that somewhere around the UK, youth workers are delivering the content that I created, which may make a huge difference to the young people, makes me very happy.

How would you say Brunel helped you to get where you are today?

I was very lucky to find the perfect course at Brunel. It was the only University in the UK to offer the two courses that I wanted, with a placement year. Without that placement year, I would've been lost post-graduation. The support I received from Brunel for the whole of the four years made my experience even better. Without the safe and welcoming environment at Brunel, I don't think I would've achieved everything that I did!

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

Again, it offered the perfect course for me, but I also knew I was going to go there the first time I stepped on its campus (when my brother was moving in during his first year). Something about Brunel made me know straight away that it was for me. It is hard to explain. I would recommend Brunel to others based on how positive my experience was there. I feel lucky to have met people from all walks of life. Brunel really pushes you to go for your dreams and be the best you can be.

What is your best memory of studying here?

Ah, I have too many! I really enjoyed performing with Brunel Singers and the Gospel Choir. I also had quite a lot of fun in trolleys (don't ask, but it became the norm - haha). Strangely, I really enjoyed going to my lectures.

If you could give one piece of advice to new students, what would that be?

Take every opportunity that comes your way; you never know which one will come in handy in the future. Try new things, meet new people from different walks of life. Most importantly, enjoy every single moment you have at Brunel (…ok I know that wasn't one, but Brunelians never stay in the box!).

What would be your top tip or advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey?

Do not panic! It may take weeks or even years to find the right place for you, but embrace that uncertainty. Trust in your strengths, and take every positive opportunity you can. Network, Network, NETWORK! Not every job will turn into a career, but you will always learn something valuable from it.