Evan O'Rourke |   Physics BPT

Being a student ambassador for the University of Galway was an unforgettable experience that helped me adjust to being back on campus after the pandemic and develop valuable skills that will benefit me for years to come. One of the most rewarding aspects of the programme was that it allowed me to meet new people from all over the world and from a variety of different backgrounds. The staff over the programme are nothing short of amazing, they are always there to give a hand and have a chat. A huge plus is how flexible the hours are, you decide which events you are free to work at and for how long which is convenient for students with busy schedules. The open days were my favorite event to work at as you have the opportunity to express what you like about the university and your course to students and teachers. No matter the event, if you’re willing to pitch in and work well with others, I would highly recommend taking part in the programme.

Beatrice Stringa |   Commerce International with Spanish

I started working as a student ambassador in January of 2022 and through my role, I have had the opportunity to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds, such as current students, prospective students, staff members, parents and made a positive impact on their university experience. Working as a student ambassador did not feel like a job most of the time, because I was always surrounded by other ambassadors with whom I would share personal stories, learn something new, and often make new friends. Being a Student Ambassador has not only enhanced my personal and professional growth but has also increased my sense of pride in representing the University of Galway. I am confident that the skills I have developed, will continue to serve me well in my future. The experience I gained has undoubtedly helped me to be ready to embrace new challenges. I very much enjoyed being a student ambassador and will continue being one after my Erasmus in Spain. I personally recommend to any student at the University of Galway to sign up to the program!

Aidan Moloney |   Biomedical Science

As a student ambassador at my university, I had the opportunity to represent my school and share my love for the campus community with prospective students and their families. One of the things I enjoyed most about being a student ambassador was the sense of community that it fostered. I had the opportunity to work with students from different majors, backgrounds, and interests. Together, we collaborated to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for prospective students and their families. My position as a student ambassador also helped me develop important skills that have been valuable in my personal and professional life. I learned how to communicate effectively, work in a team, and think on my feet. These skills have been essential in my post-graduation job search and have helped me stand out as a candidate. Being a student ambassador was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate about their university and wants to make a positive impact

Nishank Saini |   MSc Business Analytics

I joined the Student Ambassador programme in Sept. 2022. During its duration I was given chances to interact with a plethora of people from different backgrounds. This is an opportunity I appreciated especially due to the connections I managed to make outside my classroom. The program led to a newfound appreciation for the campus; I found myself knowing the lore behind the more recognizable buildings, making the time I spend there more special. Of course, I also gained knowledge of areas that despite being accessible simply don’t get enough attention. I doubt I would’ve found the Marine species museum were it not for this. It houses collections from Charles Darwin’s original voyage! The role is prominent during our Open Days, which involve thousands of prospective students visiting campus along with their families. I’m certain I interacted with hundreds of people! It gives you satisfaction knowing that how we interact with people during such events leads to them gaining a favourable impression of us, and by extension the University as a whole. The hours are flexible, which makes it worth considering for anyone looking to earn a little income on the side!

Yvonne Oyedeji |   Corporate Law

I began working as a Student Ambassador (SA) when I was in second year. I first worked an Open Day and after that, I was hooked! The work is varied which keeps it interesting, from campus tours to sign in desks and setting up for events, it helped me develop lots of skills which I'm sure I will use in my future career. It's also great that you can fit the work in around your college schedule and make use of hours off in college to earn some extra cash! The work was always good fun because you were with other people. I met lots of great people while working in the role, both staff, students, the public and the odd celebrity too which I would have never met, had I not been an SA. For me, working as an SA is all about the people. I would encourage anyone that likes meeting new people, is friendly and helpful to apply for a role as an SA.

Victoria Osikoya |   Corporate Law

I began working as a student ambassador in my first year of college and have been working since (I am now in final year). I genuinely have never loved a job more. From the friendliness of the supervisors to the unity of the student ambassadors within the programme, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more at home at a job. I would highly recommend this programme as a student as it is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends and represent the college in unique ways that you wouldn’t be able to do in any other college job. The hours are extremely flexible and always are accommodated towards your timetable. You choose how many hours you would like to work and your availability. The tasks are not at all tedious and you have great fun doing them. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash and make friends while doing so. It’s also a great way to put yourself out there and communicate with current, prospective and alumni students. If you have any interest in making friends, helping people or representing your university I would highly encourage you to apply for the role of student ambassador!

Fionn Moore |   General Arts Celtic Civilisation and Sociology and Politics

Working as a student ambassador for NUI Galway has been a great experience! All the different kinds of work help to keep things fresh, getting experience in a lot of different areas - I know now from the tours, for example, that that's a type of work I'd like to do more of in the future. Getting experience working with the public was a big draw for me, and the program definitely delivered on that front. The flexible hours are a blessing when your course keeps you too busy for another job but you're still in need of an income! Getting to work with other students is a great opportunity to meet new people and makes the work go quick. I'd recommend the program to anyone looking for a couple hours here and there and enjoys working with others, I really think every student should at least consider it!

Julie Holland |   Electronic & Computer Engineering

Being a student ambassador has truly been one of the highlights of my year. The opportunity to engage with a diverse range of individuals through various activities, such as open days and campus tours, has been invaluable in enhancing my college journey. Working alongside students whom I may not have otherwise encountered has significantly enriched my overall college experience. Collaborating with these like-minded individuals has not only broadened my perspective but has also built friendships. Each job brings a fresh set of tasks and responsibilities, from welcoming new students on open days to participating in programs designed for primary schools, I have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to make a positive impact while having a blast alongside an incredible group of people. I wholeheartedly recommend the student ambassador program to all university students, regardless of whether they are in their first or final year. The flexibility of the work allows you to tailor it to your schedule, ensuring it is manageable alongside your course. Each ambassadorial job has consistently provided me with excitement and fulfilment while also earning a nice bit of money to get by.