I’ve become entangled with the dancing societies, learning dances such as salsa, bachata and kizomba at every opportunity. I’ve become the chief projectionist for the Film Unit society, and, towards the end of the year, I was ecstatic to find that I had been accepted into SELA. With my enrollment on this programme, I feel as though I have fully achieved what I set out to do this year. SELA has the potential to boost my university experience in an extraordinary way, and here I’ll outline the 3 things I hope to get out of my journey with the programme.
1. An amazing impact on my career prospects
And let’s not forget the alumni of previous SELA cohorts, as well as the staff of SELA, who all have industry experience. They represent another source of knowledge from which I can grow and learn from. I may even be exposed to fresh opportunities by them – network connections are a very strong thing indeed.
2. The opportunity to meet like minded people
3. The push for self-development
What about my character or persona would make me a better leader? Academic prowess and critical thinking are by no means the only things conducive to a strong, functional team. You need a person who creates the kind of environment where people believe they have the ability to challenge the status quo and create whatever they want, and can create that just with their everyday interactions. Or the person who can raise everyone’s morale after a devastating setback. Being with SELA will aid me in taking responsibility for my own growth as a person – and ideally, set the foundation for me to become an incredible leader.
I have yet to delve into the programme, and so we’ll have to wait to see whether all these wishes come to fruition. These are the 3 things I hope the acquire over my next two years with the Sheffield Engineering Leaderships Academy. Hopefully I’ll have an update for you in the future!