Jen Parker

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Sports & Leisure
Job title: Volunteer Manager
Subject of study: Sociology with European Study
Year of graduation: 2008
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Army Flying Museum

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

A number of short term roles. Employment Coaching Volunteer Management – current role Policy and strategy Writing Event Manager.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I didn’t really. I was an active volunteer for the Scouts and St John ambulance and developed the skills to lead other volunteers and this developed in to paid volunteer manager roles. I am still an active volunteer.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Swimming club I was also disabled student reep2007/8 for the Guild.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

My year in Utrecht, I learned so much living with so many people from across the world in a different country.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Honestly the social life and the support given by staff to ensure I achieved my best through some difficult times.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I liked all the green space, quality of the course but also I was 300 miles from home so no surprise visits.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Reasoning skills and the ability to see the bigger picture- why has someone reacted like that and someone else in a different way.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Become a volunteer first. You will learn so much. Join the association of volunteer managers they run some great courses.

What are your plans for the future?

Enjoy it.


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