My experience as a Graduate Trainee so far

Applications for a new Graduate Trainee here at the Albert Sloman Library are about to open, and so now would seem like the perfect time for me to give a bit of a rundown of how I got here, what I have been doing, and where I will (hopefully!) be going next year. If you are planning to apply for the Graduate Trainee post and have any questions, feel free to check out the “Contact Us” section of this blog. We will do our best to help!

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January 15th Induction Networking event – The Student’s Experience

As a graduate trainee at the library I interact with students (and occasionally applicants) in a range of different ways. Helpdesk shifts come alongside tasks such as leading information literacy sessions and providing library tours. Furthermore, it was not so very long ago that I was a student myself, and I remember only too clearly the worries and challenges I faced when beginning my university journey.

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New Graduate Trainee Introduction

Hello! My name is Izzy and I’m this year’s new Graduate Trainee working at the University of Essex’s Albert Sloman Library. I’ve just come to the end of my first week, and I’ve already had plenty to be getting on with. As well as expected tasks such as shelving and working on the help-desk, I’ve had the chance to set up a book display based around a topic of my choice (languages and linguistics, if you were curious) and assisted in the organisation of a treasure hunt for some visiting school groups. I’ve also had at least 3 tours of the campus, and my lovely new colleagues have been very diligent in making sure that I know where the kitchen and snack drawer is. Colchester campus is absolutely beautiful; I particularly love being able to sit and eat lunch overlooking a lake once painted by John Constable. Right by it, there’s also an old bus that has been turned into a pie shop, which is as endearing as it is unusual. All in all, everything is going well!

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