What's been the most important thing you've learnt as a result of working with the British Council?
I have been working with the British Council for the past four years and I have learnt a great deal from its organisational culture and expectations. Every day, I come to work bearing in mind the British Council behaviours and values and very often I reflect on how these can be applied and taken advantage of to achieve our goals and deliver excellent results while supporting and motivating others to shape the future and make anything happen.
What skill have you developed or learnt working here?
I first joined the British Council as a (Remote) Teacher but I have been fortunate to perform other roles within the organisation. Each one has left me with new knowledge and more experience; for instance, being a Teacher Coordinator helped me build up administrative, leadership and mentorship skills while as Quality Manager I have been able to develop as a manager, an observer, a supervisor, a mentor and a teacher trainer while also refining people and business skills.
How would you describe the people you work with?
My colleagues at British Council Uruguay and Argentina are very approachable, open and honest. Even though sometimes we have different ways of seeing and doing things we all share common values and similar views of the world and the future which is very important in order to have a positive and comfortable work environment.
What other area or business unit would you like to explore within the organisation?
English and Exams is an area I would like to explore more in terms of working more closely together with teachers and teaching centres.
What do you think the British Council could/should do more of?
The British Council should continue to pursue and develop more projects focused on academic and cultural exchanges with governments around the globe to address problems such as improving literacy and education, social development, human rights, environmental issues and gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
What would you like to say to anyone interested in working with the British Council?
Working for the British Council is a great opportunity to gain experience and develop professional skills in a world-wide and renowned organisation. The working atmosphere is very positive and you get the chance to serve in different and interesting projects which allow you to develop competences in areas like teaching, management, partnership, marketing, events, etc. The organisation’s mission and values are admirable and you get the sense that the work you do has a great impact on other people’s lives.