On Friday 21 November, students took over some key roles at the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as part of Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day 2014.
Three young people from York St. John University and Sheffield Hallam University spent the day shadowing staff members including the Heads of Research, Marketing Communications, and Human Resources, learning about their roles, and what they do on a day to day basis. They also took part in a strategic meeting to plan future work and shared their thoughts on the impact the organisation has on the student learning experience.
Luke Durham from York St. John University took part in the ‘takeover’ event. He said: “I came to the HEA wanting to get a better understanding of the job roles available in the wider world of work. I shadowed various job roles in key departments, and spent time understanding what their business and job roles were about. I now have a far greater understanding now of what responsibilities and roles each person I met had. I will certainly be able to use this experience in the future and recommend it to anyone wanting a better insight into the world of work, if they get the opportunity!”
Head of Human Resources at the HEA, Ingrid Jenner, said: “We were delighted to welcome the students to our office in Heslington as part of Takeover Day. Our staff, many of whom live in and around York, are always keen to support their communities and this was a really good way to give practical experience and advice to young people about the world of work.
They had the chance to shadow some senior staff from a wide variety of backgrounds to get a good understanding of the many types of roles they could hold when they graduate.”
Takeover Day is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children and young people the chance to shadow jobs, get involved in decision-making and offer their opinions on key issues.