Shiva Siadatan - Talent Programmes Coordinator
Finishing my degree, I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to work in Higher Education. This is where I came across the Graduate Development Programme. The Graduate Development Programme allowed me to transition from being a student at NTU, to a member of staff. As a student you can be unaware of what goes on behind the scenes at the university, initiatives that are constantly being developed and considered, that have huge impact on both staff and students.
During the first few weeks on the programme, I learnt a lot about my professional self and how I could be as productive as possible by utilising my strengths. This was extremely useful so early on in the programme, as being a student your experience in the working world may be limited. This allowed me to discover my preferred ways of working, what motivates me and how I react in particular situations.
I have a really supportive team, who are invested in my development and have a genuine interest in seeing me do well. I’ve been trusted from my very first day with tasks that impact projects and have been able to take the lead on a couple of big initiatives. There’s no expectation that you’ll come into the role with a wealth of knowledge and experience. This is something you’ll gain on the programme, which will help shape your professional identity and aid you in your future career.
The Graduate Development programme has a variety of different roles each year, so it’s more than likely you’ll find a role suitable for you. You get to know other graduates on the programme who you’ll get the opportunity to work with on a university project as well as members of staff from across the university.
Starting the programme remotely due to the pandemic has given me a whole new skillset in how to master the art of the virtual world. Even though I haven’t met my team and colleagues in person, I still very much feel part of a team and the support is there should you need it.
Being part of the programme has solidified that I want to work in HE, its invaluable experience where you have the opportunities to explore different parts of the university in ways that you aren’t able to as a student. It has been so insightful, and I’m optimistic about the future as the Graduate Development Programme has developed skills that will stay with me well beyond the programme.