I have successfully managed my personal life, university workload and volunteer work, performing under pressure and conforming to tight deadlines whilst consistently delivering high calibre results. I have a developed, mouldable and fluid work ethic and am willing to undertake all forms of work, whether administrative or research based, as part of a team or independently. I am a hardworking, reliable and responsible individual, eager to learn as much as I can.
Throughout my degree I have produced weekly reports and critiques in tutorials, seminars and year-group presentations, all of which involved condensing large quantities of complex information into succinct summaries that are easy to deliver (both orally and as documents) and understand. My analytical and research skills are demonstrated in my final year dissertation, in which I undertook independent ethnographic fieldwork in Thailand. This research not only required me to formulate an original and insightful question, but also exposed me to multiple sources of information that included library and journal databases, regional news sources, along with primary research involving participant observation and interviews. Additionally, as part of UCL academic and ethical research requirements I was required to comply to the Data Protection Act, together with UCL’s own guidelines. Subsequently, I am comfortable handling confidential data and understand the importance of discretion. Along with my dissertation performance, I have also attained high firsts (80%+) in essays regarding the political economy of Aztec Mexico, one of which could be potentially published and co-authored with an academic member of staff at UCL Institute of Archaeology.
Throughout my previous employment as part of a successful front of house team and my recreational activities (including competitive sports and voluntary work), I have been afforded the opportunity to work and collaborate with diverse groups of people. These activities have developed my interpersonal skills, fostering a goal-orientated ethos, and taught me the benefits a team-based dynamic can offer. My work as a bar staff member required constant interaction with varying audiences that included customers, kitchen staff, waiting staff, management and external stakeholders. As such, I am confident in my ability to read audiences, adjust my communicative style accordingly and engage with individuals of varying degrees of authority and influence - in writing, in person and over the telephone. Similarly, my experience as a GCSE English tutor for disadvantaged youths in an underperforming state-sector school has honed my communicative skills further, whilst also ensuring that I am aware and attentive to the needs of differing audiences.
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