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5 questions with... RA James

By AdamResLife 20 Dec 2018

While our recruitment is open for Residential Advisors for 2019/20, we have asked some of our current RAs about their experiences as an RA this year...

In this edition of 5 questions, we are talking to James, who studies Sport Science & Human Biology and is an RA at Daisy Bank Hall...

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What attracted you to become a Residential Advisor when you applied?
The convenience of having accommodation and a job all sorted for next year with a single application form.

What is your favourite thing about the job?
The opportunity to meet so many people, whether work colleagues, management and especially students coming to university for the first time! There is such a diversity of people in halls and being able to get to know them is a pleasure.

How did you find the assessment day and what advice can you give to applicants?
The assessment day was very engaging, initially outlining what was expected of an RA and allowing everyone an opportunity to express themselves in group work, role play and a later interview stage. To future applicants, don’t be afraid to show your communication skills; ask questions, interact with other interviewees and have a good body language on the day (smile!).

Can you tell us about the piece of training you have received to date, which has had the most impact for you?
On the training week, we were shown the best ways to interact with people via our body language, the setting and how we word questions for the most beneficial responses. This skill has certainly transferred into my everyday interactions outside of the job and really help you feel confident to face any situation or introduce yourself to that first fresher.

Why should people apply to be a Residential Advisor?
Being an RA has been so enjoyable in my experience, being trained to a high standard as we represent the university in halls with skills that will transfer into the work place. We have also had control in the hours we work to ensure we are able to prioritise university studies and enjoy the uni experience in Manchester. 

Applications are still open to be part of the team next academic year...

For more information and to download the application form click here.

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