So I just finished the last Campus Connect event last Friday, so this mean my role as a “McGill student ambassador” has come to an end… well, until next year! I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and highly recommend the position to anyone looking for a temporary, fun, on-campus job. Despite the fancy sounding position title of “student ambassador”, the tasks entailed are pretty straightforward. To start off, McGill holds what are called Campus Connect events every april to may for new admitted and prospective students. It’s usually held at the McGill bookstore, and is basically like an information fair, where staff from enrollment services give a 30 mins presentation on academics and campus life at McGill, then another 30 mins where different faculties have tables set up and students with their parents can go around, visit the different tables and ask questions. As a student ambassador, you aid in setting up the event beforehand, then mingle in the crowd and answer students/their parents’ questions during the event. The event ends with a tour of the downtown campus and residences which is given by the student ambassador as well. The campus connect events are considered to be “yield” events by enrollment services which means, its goal is to persuade students that McGill is the place to be, and increase the ratio of acceptances sent out, and actual students enrolled. Basically, your job is to convince prospective students that McGill is awesome but also to give a realistic and personal view of the school and your faculty. It’s a very relaxed and fun position especially if small talk and conversing is your forte, and you get to know a bit more about McGill in the process as you go through learning how to lead a tour. Bet you didn’t know that James McGill (our founder) an a few remnants of his accountant is buried right here on campus in front of the Arts building!
I blogged about wanting to improve my communication and interpersonal skills previously, and for me, this was the main reason I took the job. The pay is not fantastic (minimum wage) and lower than my Kaplan Job, but I knew it would push me out of my comfort zone and into an area where I required improvement. I think at this point in my life/career, the pay difference of a few bucks in a part-time job is not very significant, and so I prefer jobs where I will develop personally from it as well. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the position, would highly recommend it, and give it 2 thumbs up!
On a side note, hiring for the position is usually in early March, and is posted on the CaPS myFuture website!