Katie Hannam

  • Katie Hannam

    HR and Marketing Intern 2015-2016, Directorate of Human Resources.

    I initially applied for the scheme after being at a cross roads in my career. Previously I had studied psychology at Oxford Brookes and was not sure which direction to take my career into.  I was recommended the scheme by a previous years intern after he said you get lots of different experiences in a wide range of fields and it meant I still got to stay in Oxford.

    I applied for the HR and marketing intern as some aspects of Human Resources can be relatable to my degree in Psychology. My intern year was split between the HR team, where I had varied operational and policy writing roles and for the marketing team at OCSLD. I was also given the chance to explore my passion working with the Equality and Diversity research centre at Oxford Brookes. 

    I learnt a lot with my roles and developed an in depth understanding of all 3 positions.

    It has been through my time with the equality team that I realised my passion for diversity and inclusion work. I have carried this on to my current role within the public sector and plan to have a career within this field.

    Alongside my roles I had valuable training with my fellow interns throughout the intern training programme on interpersonal and professional skills. These included a marketing qualification, assertiveness training and specific HR training. 

    These skills have been useful in my current role working for the civil service on the Human Resources graduate fast stream. Specifically, when it came to my interview at the assessment centre, it provided me with a wealth of examples to draw from. The internship also gave me confidence when approaching the assessment centre, I had gained valuable experiences such as collaborating across departments, liaising with senior stakeholders and project management experience all of which are useful for any graduate schemes.

    I would recommend Oxford Brookes students to apply for the internship because it is a useful year to gain a wide variety of training and experiences, many of which are unique to the Oxford Brookes internship. It was a great first step and personally provided clarity for the direction of my career. I developed successful professional relationships along the way, which have helped me get to where I am today.