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International Student Ambassador Scheme 2017/18

International Student Ambassador

Going to university can be a challenging prospect, especially for international students. Over the years, Aston has taken pride in offering support and a truly international learning experience for both our students and staff. Students from over 130 different countries choose to study at Aston, creating a highly diverse campus community and our International Student Ambassadors play a key role in expanding that number even further.

The Role 

The International Ambassador Scheme gives international Aston students an opportunity to use their own experiences to promote Higher Education and Aston University to potential students and the outside world. It’s a brilliant way to develop skills that look great on your CV, meet new people, have fun and get paid for it! You can expect to be engaged in a number of activities such as: 

  • Conducting campus tours for individual visits of prospective students and their families
  • Assisting at education exhibitions and incoming visits to the university (e.g. open days, visits from international schools, partners and agents)
  • Assisting in web-based activities such as calling campaigns, where you will be speaking from campus to prospective students abroad
  • Packing promotional materials for recruitment events abroad
  • Represent Aston at external events off campus

Requirements

  • No previous experience is necessary, although enthusiasm for the university and higher education is essential
  • Excellent verbal and written English 
  • Punctuality 
  • Good organisational and presentation skills 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Benefits 

  • Full training will be provided on commencement of your employment 
  • The rate per hour is £9.36
  • We offer flexible working hours during term time and academic holiday periods, which may vary between half an hour up to a full working day. (Please note that there is no guaranteed minimum number of hours. However, you will be contacted regularly with upcoming opportunities, which you can sign up for if you are available.)
  • All ambassadors, who are actively involved throughout the year will be awarded a certificate of participation

Our Ambassadors

Ayesha Syed - International Student Ambassador

"I joined the International Student Ambassador scheme because I wanted to improve my interpersonal skills. The variety of jobs gave me the opportunity to network with different people inside and outside the university. Speaking to prospective students helped me develop my presentation and communication skills. I was given the chance to practice public speaking on open days as a result of which, I have gained confidence and knowledge of promotional techniques.

Another great advantage of working as an International Student Ambassador is the flexibility of the schedule and the location of the job. The scheme gave me the freedom to work as frequently as I liked whilst allowing me to schedule work around my academic commitments. Through this job I have also gained awareness of many support services available on campus. I enjoyed working as an ambassador as it not only allowed me to represent Aston but also enabled me to make new friends within the university."

How to Apply

You will need to submit the application form below by Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 12 noon. If you are successful you will be invited for a training day, which will take place on Wednesday 4 October between 13:00 and 17:00. This will be the only training day and if you do not attend you will not be able to progress onto the scheme.

Please note that in order to work in the UK and get paid after you have done a job, you need to have a National Insurance Number (NIN). If you do not have a NIN you can find more information about why you need this and how to apply for one here. Obtaining a NIN can take up to six weeks and so if you do not have one you may still apply to be an ambassador but we advise you to start the process of obtaining one as soon as possible so that you can start receiving jobs from us.

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It is the policy of this organisation to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age or disability.

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I have read the guidelines for participation in the International Ambassador Scheme and agree to adhere to these as stated, should my application be successful. I also agree that the University, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, may process the information given on this form for the purpose of the recruitment and selection process and any issues relating to participating in the International Ambassador Scheme. I also consent to the storage of this information on manual and computerised files.