Kim Burt - Project Coordinator (HR)

Kim’s a natural introvert who, through the Graduate Development Programme, has finally found the confidence to make the most of her opportunities.

Being on this programme has helped me to think of myself as a professional, rather than just a student who is in a job.

When I finished my studies at NTU, I really lacked confidence. I’m quite a naturally introverted person, and would always find it difficult to make myself heard in new situations. Being on this programme has helped me improve this in a variety of situations in a massive way. The programme helped me explore why I lacked confidence, and once I understood why, it was so much easier to work on ways to boost my own self-assurance. Before the programme I would never have been able to hold a conversation with senior staff, or stand in front of a room of people to deliver a presentation or a workshop. Now, thanks to the development opportunities on offer in this programme, I can confidently take on these tasks and know I can do a good job of it. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am at now without the programme.

The staff here are so supportive. My line manager has got a perfect blend of support and leaving you to be independent, and that was so helpful for me. She and the rest of the line managers on this scheme are so good at giving you many opportunities to develop and improve yourself. They’re all so committed to seeing us graduates be the best professionals we can, and it’s comforting to know that we have so many people invested in us.

One thing I would suggest to anyone who is about to take on a role on the Graduate Development Programme is to take every opportunity you can get. You need to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to make the most of this programme. Even if they offer you something that you really don’t think is for you, take a leap of faith and go for it because you could surprise yourself and really excel in that area of work.

I would 100% would recommend the programme to a friend, it’s the best thing I ever did for my professional development. It’s coached me to have the drive to push on when projects come to a stop, rather than just buckling under the pressure. But I think most of all, it’s helped me to think of myself as a professional, rather than just a student who is in a job.

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