Carolina Astudillo - Nunez

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

Since graduating, I have worked in different higher education institutions. I have focused on management and on the creation of local books and resources to support teaching.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

Interacting with people from all over the world at the University has taught me to be more tolerant and open minded. I’ve learned to try to comprehend people before judging them. My country has also undergone profound changes in the last few years, in terms of immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, feminism, and abortion rights. The experience gained at the University of Birmingham in this respect has prepared me to better face these challenges as both an educator, and as a person.

Main work activities in your current role

I direct the translator programme, as well as tech classes and research the topics of innovation, didactics and local teaching material.

A typical day in your job

On a typical day, I get into my office and respond to some emails, I then have meetings with students and try to resolve some of their problems. The rest of my day is spent preparing to do some classes, attending meetings and then also undertaking research.

Main challenges in your role

We face a lot of new challenges as educators that weren’t really considered years ago. In Chile we have only very recently had to accommodate students with educational needs, people who have immigrated from different countries, and transgender students. Adapting to these new challenges has required a lot of extra study and support from among my colleagues. Students also come from families with a very low income; so most of them are the first ones in their family to get into University.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I like to work with young people, and love guiding and supporting them to become better professionals.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

You have to be open-minded and tolerant. Don't judge, try to get to know the young people, their stories, backgrounds, and even their interests. You never know, you might even end up liking Korean Music! Do everything with passion, if you are not passionate about it, just don't do it.