To find out what it's really like to work at Selwyn, take a look at the following job profiles where current members of staff talk about their role at Selwyn …

Monica Cameron, Chapel Administrator

Why did you apply for your job?
It began as a temporary position that was recommended to me by a friend.  Having worked for a year in the temporary post when the permanent post was advertised I had no hesitation in applying.

Tell me about a typical day for you.
A typical day begins with the warmth and welcoming feel of the place, its beauty and warm greetings of good morning from everyone you meet.  There can be several things happening during each day, no two exactly the same, which is great.  I deal with a variety of matters related to College Chapel.

What qualifications or experience are essential for this kind of role?
A love of people, and of Chapel life. It is necessary to have an understanding of Chapel Services, and be able to work with a side variety of people.  It is important to be able to build good relationships with people both internally and externally.

What is the best thing about working at Selwyn?
The people I work with, the College setting, and its history.  Added to this, I have what I believe is the best possible line manager.

What opportunities has Selwyn provided for you?  
The opportunity and support I needed to develop and grow in a new career.  It has been at the heart of my development and training in becoming a Priest.

Helen Stephens, Head Porter

Why did you apply for your job?
It was the next obvious move from Deputy Head Porter at Trinity College.

Tell me about a typical day for you.
There is no typical day in the life of a Head Porter!  Things come at you thick and fast from all angles, from the minor such as issuing a band aid to the major like security at the Snow Ball and everything in between.

What qualifications or experience are essential for this kind of role?
A love of people and a life time of experience.  You can't and shouldn't be doing the job if you don't have these.  It helps to have patience, understanding, tact and diplomacy.

What is the best thing about working at Selwyn?
Every day is a day in history!  The place itself, its history, the people.

What opportunities has Selwyn provided for you?  
The chance to be a part of something amazing.

Samantha Carr, Graduate Admissions Secretary

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Why did you apply for your job?
When we moved from Zimbabwe to live in Cambridge, I had always said that I wanted to work at the University of Cambridge, because it is world famous.  When I saw the advertisement for the Graduate Secretary's position at Selwyn College, I was very happy to apply for the position as I knew that this would mean working for one of the Colleges within the University of Cambridge.

Tell me about a typical day for you.
A typical day for me can be anything from dealing with a new graduate application and/or graduate admission enquiries, to assisting and dealing with correspondence on behalf of the Graduate Tutors and students. Answering various email/telephone enquiries, liaising with the different departments within the College and the University, especially at the start of the Academic year to make sure that everything runs smoothly for both the new students and continuing graduate students.  Finally, helping out in other areas of the Tutorial Office and Admissions Office by helping with Open Days or covering my colleagues' work when they are on leave.

What qualifications or experience are essential for this kind of role?
You need to have a good command of the English language and be computer literate, so that you are able to work efficiently and effectively. You need to be a self-motivated person and work well under pressure and be able to prioritise your work load, so that you do not fall behind at busy times.  You need to be able to work on your own, however, you also need to be a team player, as there are times when you are asked to help other colleagues with their work load in busy times.

What is the best thing about working at Selwyn?
Selwyn is a very friendly College, and it is a pleasure to work in its beautiful surroundings, in a spacious office, with lovely colleagues.  I also really enjoy interacting with all the Fellows of the College, staff and the students, and feel like I am part of the community rather than being at work.

What opportunities has Selwyn provided for you?
Working at Selwyn has enabled me to do various courses, training and computer qualifications, which have been helpful to my work and career.

Darran Kerry, Maintenance Works Foreman & Carpenter

Darran Kerry

Why did you apply for your job?
I was self-employed for 15 years and work was becoming more difficult to find.  I applied to have the opportunity to work on old buildings and job security.

Tell me about a typical day for you.
I do a wide variety of repairs around the College, which can range from fixing broken locks to making bespoke furniture.

What qualifications or experience are essential for this kind of role?
You need a good knowledge of building work, carpentry and joinery.

What is the best thing about working at Selwyn?
The variety of work, the College surroundings, and the friendly atmosphere generated by the different members of staff.

What is the best thing about working at Selwyn?
Selwyn has allowed me to attend courses in management to improve my career within the College.