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 Rebecca Moseley, 2020 Future Consultant Programme 
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Graduate Showcase | Rebecca Moseley

MSc(Hons) Applied Social and Political Psychology, Keele University

"I have really enjoyed my time at Socitm Advisory and although my graduate scheme was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I really learnt a lot and have met some very interesting and knowledgable people... I really enjoyed the opportunity to work on the environmental smart guide series as I was able to combine an interest area of mine alongside usable and actionable research which will be published later in the year - a big achievement for me and something which I was unable to do whilst at university"

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In this Graduate Showcase, Rebecca Moseley has shared with us her experience as a member of the first Socitm Advisory graduate cohort. The Socitm Advisory Programme enabled graduates to participate in a number of rotations while working as a Junior Consultant within a client project team.

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Having completed my first rotation on the Future Consultant Programme here at Socitm Advisory, this piece provides me with the opportunity to share my experiences, and encourage others to join a graduate programme that is tailored to the graduate, providing autonomy on the path they wish to take.

Tell us a little about your education...

An an undergraduate I studied Psychology at the University of Salford. Here I was able to participate in and lead a variety of experiments where psychology theory was observed. I became extremely interested in the psychology of language and attitudes and I chose to pursue this within my dissertation, titled Student Attitudes towards Donald Trump's Environmental Policies.

Having always had a passion for the environment and politics I thought it apt to explore these ideas through my dissertation and apply psychological theory to try and understand Trump's Presidency but also how his use of language (be it very limited) changed how environmental topics were discussed by my participants.

I wanted to pursue this area further so I applied for a Political Psychology master's degree in the hope to understand further how important psychological theory can be in understanding Politics and more specifically, Political campaigns. I was accepted to Keele University and studied Applied Social and Political Psychology, building on my undergraduate dissertation through completing a dissertation titled Did the use of emotive language within the Brexit Campaign legitimise hostility towards immigrants? Here, I focused again on how language influences participants (in this case voters) and the important role that language plays in political campaigns.

How did you find out about the Socitm Advisory Future Consultant Programme and why did you apply?

I was growing frustrated in the world of academia and felt although my research was extremely applied to local governments it held very little chance of escaping the academic "bubble". I knew I was interested in working with the public sector and wanted to see tangible change from the work I produced and after feeling uninspired in the seemingly endless stream of intern positions available on w4mp.com, I discovered the Society Advisory Future Consultants Programme. I felt that the opportunity provided was very different to the other gradate programmes that I had reviewed and I really liked the idea of being able to lead my career with them through choosing a variety of placements. I felt that taking on the role of constant and working on a variety of projects and in a variety of sectors was really exciting and something that would be beneficial to my career in the long run. I also really liked the idea of being able to apply my degree to some of the aspects of change management and I was excited to explore that area further.​

What have you been involved in as part of the Future Consultant Programme?

 

Before lockdown I was able to take part in some interesting work at Birmingham City Council working with the insights team to ensure that the council's data was being used effectively. I really enjoyed this as I was able to utilise a lot of my researching skills and also dive into the large projects that the company was running. Throughout lockdown I worked with some of the membership side of Socitm collaborating with #techmums as well as working on updating ​the companies smart guide series where I was able to focus on the role of technological innovation within local governments to fight climate change.

What has been your most rewarding or enjoyable experience on the Future Consultant Programme?

I really enjoyed the opportunity to work on the environmental smart guide series as I was able to combine an interest area of mine alongside usable and actionable research which will be published later in the year - a big achievement for me and something which I was unable to do whilst at university.​

As you continue on in your Socitm Advisory journey, what are you most looking forward to?

Now that I am no longer a graduate, I am very much looking forward to takin on more responsibility within the programme. As of right now I am working with the Birmingham City Council ERP team and getting involved in lots of aspects of the programme including change management and benefits realisation work. I'm looking forward to seeing how my knowledge on change behaviour will be beneficial to the team as well as potentially leading projects in the future. I am also looking forward to taking on a bigger role within the Socitm CSR team as I really enjoyed working in the Plastic Free July campaign that we pushed internally and would be keen to pursue this more in the future.​

Outside of work, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Outside of work, I am a keen environmentalist, animal right activist, vegan chef extraordinary and serial crafter. I am currently a sitting board member of the LCOY UK and helped to organise the UK's first youth-led climate conference back in September 2019. I am also helping organise a few environmental projects such as a monthly litter-pick in my local area and I love working with the Manchester Friends of the Earth community who run environmental campaigns in the city. 

I love cooking vegan food and finding fun and delicious ways to vegan-ise some of my newly converted boyfriends old favourites as well as providing content for his previously meat heavy food blog! And when I'm not doing any of those things or looking after my kitten, Edmund, I love sewing, painting and making anything I can. My projects have included painting a 2ft tall Bob Ross winter scene on my old bedroom wall, making an entire outfit out of headstock fabric (including a hat!) and attempting to sculpt a miniature Michelangelo's David flower pot out of clay.

What advice would you have for anyone wishing to join the next cohort on the Future Consultant Programme?

My advice for prospective graduates who are wanting to get involved in the public sector are not to feel overwhelmed and misplaced when entering into a company which specialises in IT if you do not necessarily have that background. I have been really excited to see just how useful my degree's have been within the ERP project and find the application of theory and research something that I did not initially anticipate. I was originally drawn to variety and firsthand experience that I would gain within local government and I have experienced just that. The team are extremely welcoming and have supported and pushed me throughout each phase of my time here at Socitm Advisory. I am really grateful to have been assigned a dedicated line manager to monitor my progress and set challenging goals that encourage me to step outside of my comfort zone and push me as an individual. I also really look forward to our catch ups and it's great to feel supported and speak informally about work and my various projects.