IWM0052Maryam graduated with a History degree at the University of Manchester. However, after graduating was unsure what career she wanted to pursue. Being a shy and quiet person, she was finding it hard to gain employment.

“I was feeling unsure about my future but I knew I wanted to go into something to do with history. For that reason, volunteering at a museum was perfect for building my confidence and experience.”

Maryam carried out a more administrative and marketing role after completing the if training. She updated journalist information, evaluated press coverage and helped at press events. She even received extra training in computer and digital online programming.

“Being in the press department for the museum has been really fascinating and rewarding. I even got to help with a Newsround television report about the museum and it was great to be able to watch it after.”

“its amazing to see how Maryam has developed in confidence and taken ownership of the role, her assistance has been invaluable at such a busy period for the museum.  She’s also made a huge impact on the press team and we are so pleased she has found a new career path.” IWM North Press Manager

Maryam felt the if course gave her the confidence and skills needed to be customer facing but also deal with more creative and strategic aspects of public relations. Maryam also felt the staff team and tutors were a great part of what makes the if programme work.

Maryam continued to volunteer in the press team whilst she  completed a Masters course in Public Relations. In September she gained full time employment as a Press and Communications Assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“I’m far more outgoing now, I’m more prepared to grab an opportunity more than I would have before, I have a real sense of direction and focus – I’m really excited, for the first time a lot of things are making sense about what path to follow.”