Giulia joined IntoUniversity in 2016 having previously volunteered at our Academic Support sessions in Hackney South. Now, Giulia is our Acting Assistant Regional Operations Manager for North West London and the Centre Leader at IntoUniversity Brent.
Why did you choose to work at IntoUniversity? Why not another organisation?
I love what we do, I’ve always wanted to support young people figure out exactly what they want to do when they are older. In Malta we have one of the highest rates of Early School Leavers in Europe and we don’t have any organisations who do the work that we do – to such a high quality and the same extent. I want to make sure that young people get all the knowledge they need to make informed decisions on their future. I love our values and ethos and I have never worked in an organisation where they care so much for their employees and young people. Everyone is treated equally and employees are given a fair chance to progress or try different roles so they can develop too.
What do you most enjoy/find most rewarding about working at IntoUniversity?
Working with our young people and seeing them succeed, whether that be that they get the answer in a question correct or they have the most focused session, or they get into the university degree they have always wanted. Seeing them succeed and be appreciative of the work we do has always been the most rewarding. Also just seeing them develop amazing relationships with the staff and seeing how the staff have helped them.
What skills have you gained since working at IntoUniversity?
Confidence, leadership, organisation, determination and resilience. I’ve always been a compassionate person and many of my friends and family say it is a main trait of mine, however, while being at IntoUniversity this has certainly developed even further.
Would you recommend working at IntoUniversity to others? If so, why?
Yes, we truly care for our staff and the work we do is so well taught and delivered to new staff, it’s a really fun experience. I’ve always received so much support in every role I’ve been given but also given the opportunity to take on more challenges and more responsibilities which has really developed my skills.
How would you summarise your experience of working at IntoUniversity?
I love how much we really have an impact on a child’s life, in one centre we work with around 1,000 unique students on average and I love how much they remember from one experience or moment and that will change their lives forever. Working at IntoUniversity has opened up so many doors for me, allowed me to meet so many people (colleagues and students) and really showed me how one moment can impact the life of a young person so positively.