One of the unique opportunities afforded to students at Winchester is the opportunity to develop their employability skills by assisting academics in their research. Oliver Bumby is one such BA history student who took up this opportunity earlier this year, working with Dr Gordon McKelvie on a project on ‘Memory and Environment in Late Medieval England’, which looks to develop some of the findings from the AHRC-funded ‘Mapping the Medieval Countryside’ project which was formerly hosted in the department.
Oliver has been kind enough to share his thoughts and reflections on this opportunity for developing his CV and why future students should consider applying for such projects.
“The WRAP projects gives any student to gain new skills that are much sort after by employers, but it also gives you the opportunity to experience what goes into producing much of the texts that are used throughout your degree. All of the research’s take part in the WRAP projects are researching new and important areas of their field and this opportunity allows you to see if this is something you might want to go into after the end of your university career. Whilst the fact the Wrap projects are paid is always a factor that draws people in and it is a big advantage for any student, it also shows future employers that the work you underwent was something that was important and valuable to the researcher. Meaning that this internship is even more impressive to future employers. Practical skills are now one of the biggest things that employers look for in graduates but it is also one of the hardest things to come by for new graduates. The Wrap project gives you the opportunity to gain some much needed real-world experience whist still at university, this kind of experience is one that many employers are really looking for from new graduates. The WRAP projects are one of the best ways to improve you CV and get involved with some real research at the University of Winchester and is an opportunity not to be passed up.”
[The department would like to thank Oliver for his contribution to our blog.]