I was a member of the Pearson Student Advisory Board (PSAB) in the 2014/15 academic year, while in my penultimate year of a Law degree.
I decided to apply to join PSAB in order to gain more practical experience, learn about Pearson as a business and have the opportunity to contribute to the way in which Law students learn in the future. I was not disappointed. I worked on two very different projects, gained valuable skills and experience that eventually helped me secure a training contract with the magic circle law firm that advised Pearson on the sales of its stakes in the Financial Times and the Economist.
The PSAB year began with a great trip to London, giving us all an opportunity to get to know each other and our project sponsors. After being allocated our projects, we worked in our own time and kept in touch with regular catch-up calls. This continued throughout the year, allowing me to gain more experience coordinating work with various offices (London and New York in my case), work both independently and in a team, and consider vital marketing concepts that I had not come across during my Law degree.
My experience with PSAB has both directly and indirectly helped me in my job search. Employers have been interested by the unusual addition to my CV and have been very curious about the experience and my responsibilities. Not only was it beneficial to have something different on my CV, I also believe it may have made me more memorable.
Being a part of PSAB also demonstrated a certain degree of ambition, drive, initiative, intellect, and time management skills. Additionally, my time with PSAB enabled me to improve my IT and communication abilities, both of which will be useful for any job.
All in all, being a part of PSAB was a great experience, giving me the chance me to meet new people, improve my career prospects and learn valuable skills. I would advise anyone interested to apply.
Koo Asakura is a final-year Law student at the University of Dundee.