BusinesWorks is an innovative programme which aims to engage organisations and/or businesses with students and graduates from DMU. For our involvement with the programme, we explored the real business world by working with Waterfront Sports and Education Academy and as a result we discovered abilities of our own that we might not have been aware of before volunteering for the unique programme.
Here at Square Mile we strive to enhance experience and employability for students throughout their time at DMU by providing unique opportunities. Our latest blog competition was aimed at finding out how our opportunities had enhanced student volunteers employability and their experience at DMU. The blogs were a chance for individuals to express how volunteering through Square Mile had made them realise their career path, or in some cases changed their career goals altogether. The winner of our competition was awarded a £50 Highcross Gift Card.
With my initial interest in primary education, I began my volunteering journey in my first year with DSU volunteering, where I was part of the ‘Right to read’ programme at Imperial Avenue School writes Square Mile paired reading volunteer, Janvi Pala. I read with pupils in foundation stage two using the statutory method of phonics. It was then, that I started realising my passion for literacy and developing reading skills of pupils.Then, it all changed. One half-term I was reading my sisters school newsletter and saw an advert calling out for paired reading mentors; this was at secondary school, New College Leicester (where I previously attended).
‘What do you want to do when you finish uni?’ – The dreaded question for anyone who hasn’t quite got their life plan sorted out writes Square Mile primary school volunteer, Kelly Pearson. Every time I was asked this question along with the other feared questions like “So you haven’t got any plans after Uni?” and “How are you going to use your degree?” I could sense the disappointment coming.
My experience with Square Mile began when I was in the DMU Square Mile office one day, flicking through the leaflets and looking at what opportunities I could get involved in and what I could benefit from writes Maths Tutor Volunteer, Thomas Kinght.
I currently study Mechanical Engineering, and I am in my third and final year here at DMU which meant that I wanted to get involved in something I felt comfortable with. I needed a project that wouldn’t take up too much time; not to mention something else to broaden and spice up my CV for future employers to see. So that’s when I found out about the Square Mile STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).