Maths and Management
Victoria has overcome financial barriers to study maths and management at the University and balances study with part-time bar work. She has also volunteered in a local college through the Access Academy and trained as a peer mentor. She was awarded a Millennium Volunteers Certificate last Christmas.
What do you hope to go on and do when you graduate from the University of Leeds?
I would like to go into a graduate job where further training is provided. Then, after building on my skills and confidence in a working environment I would perhaps like to go into teaching when I’m a bit older. The good thing about my degree is that it allows me to go into a wide range of jobs.
What skills and attributes do you think you’ve developed as part of your course so far?
I have improved my attention to detail. As my course has got harder I have found I have to be a lot more thorough and precise. This is especially true for the Maths part of my course and also the finance side, like balance sheets and income statements.
What skills and attributes do you think you’ve developed from co- curricular activities?
I trained as a peer mentor, which has helped me to improve my problem solving skills and working as part of a team.
How will these skills and attributes help you achieve what you want to do when you graduate?
To be a good team player isn’t something that can necessarily be taught – you have to go out and find opportunities to improve yourself. Therefore by joining societies and taking training opportunities means skills like communication will improve.
What has been your proudest moment while studying at Leeds?
Completing my placement at a local college is one of my proudest moments at Leeds. Whilst there I worked with a wide range of people (some twice my age!) and improved my communication skills. As a project I decided to do a ‘Guide to Doing Maths at University’ and I presented this to the class at the end of my placement. It was well received and I felt proud that I had made the effort to do the placement instead of other modules. It felt like harder wok sometimes but I improved in terms of confidence and adapting to new situations.
How do you think you have benefited from studying at Leeds?
Leeds has lots of resources to use including computers, so many books but also access to lecturers and module leaders. By being such a well thought of university it has helped me to meet people at recruitment fairs from top companies, because they target Leeds due to its reputation as a good university. This means it is an excellent stepping stone that I can use to improve my subject knowledge but also get a good job when I graduate.