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Ibtisam Ali, 2020 Future Consultant Programme
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Graduate Showcase | Ibtisam Ali
MA(Hons) Health Care and Policy Management, University of Birmingham
"When I came across the Socitm Advisory Graduate Programme I really liked the sound of it... I have already been able to play an active role as part of an on-site project working with other colleagues across the organisation... I can't wait to see what opportunities there will be in my future rotations"
In this Graduate Showcase, Ibtisam Ali 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.
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...
I did an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton in Health Studies and I got a First. Then I decided to do a master's in Health Care and Policy Management at the University of Bimringham, which I graduated from in June 2019.
How did you find out about the Socitm Advisory Future Consultant Programme and why did you apply?
I found the programme on 'Work for MPs' where I was originally looking to shadow local MPs. When I came across the Socitm Advisory Future Consultant Programme I really liked the sound of it. I read through the website and from that filled out the application form. A member of the HR Team got back in contact with me and I was able to ask any questions I had, after that I was really sold on the programme as the one for me.
How did you find the application process for the Future Consultant Programme?
The process was really quick, and I enjoyed it. Usually, you wait weeks to get an interview and that was one of the reasons I had never applied for a graduate scheme before. The Socitm Advisory process, on the other hand, has been fast and enjoyable and I think that this is because it was so transparent. I really appreciated that the recruitment team always went out of their way to ensure they answered all the questions I had. I cannot emphasise enough that this was one of the things I loved about Socitm Advisory straight away and I am so excited to be a part of it.
What have you already been doing as part of the Future Consultant Programme?
I have already been able to play an active role as part of an on-site project working with other colleagues across the organisation. I have also been able to learn more about Socitm Advisory and had the opportunity to be introduced to people across the business to learn more about their job roles. I have had some great conversations with my line manager, which has been helpful to better understand my role and the project I will be part of during my first rotation.
As you continue in your rotations what are you most looking forward to?
I am really excited about being a part of the project in my current rotation and getting stuck in, in order to better understand what we at Socitm Advisory, and our clients, do on a daily basis. I am the type of person who likes a schedule so I am excited to get my days planned out and continue to actively take part in the projects to which I am assigned. I can't wait to see what opportunities there will be in my future rotations too.
Outside of work what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am the co-founder of the Frail Forward Hub which was created to be a bridge between communities and mainstream services through local support work. Recently the Hub was reached out to by the BBC and local GPs to host MMR vaccine workshops in the community. The Frail Forward Hub has also been invited to take part in the Global Resettlement 2020 Workshop, helping to shape commitments to the Global Resettlement Scheme, as well as to inform how councils and organisations can continue to improve refugees' experienced. That is what I do with most of my time outside of work.
Ibtisam was part of the
23rd Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference