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CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Freya Pryde

Freya Pryde

Name: Freya Pryde

University from which you've graduated:
University of Portsmouth

Degree subject:
International Development Studies BA (Hons)

Which societies/sports clubs were you a member of:
For the first couple of years at university I was a member of the UoP roller hockey club (hockey on roller skates), which was so much fun! Whilst I was studying I worked part time at audio company ‘Bose' as a sales specialist for 4 years which I will always remember fondly. I also volunteered with the British Red Cross on a pilot project, working alongside refugees and asylum seekers who were new to Portsmouth, helping them adjust to a new life by introducing them to local amenities as well as free classes and volunteering opportunities.

Home town:
Molesey, Surrey

Host institution:
King's College London

Why did you apply to the graduate trainee scheme?
In the past I have volunteered with the British Red Cross, The African Womens Forum in Portsmouth and faith-based NGO Christian Solidarity Worldwide, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed working with and each sparked a real passion in me for fundraising and knowing my work has a positive impact elsewhere is such a rewarding feeling. However, despite my episodes of voluntary work I knew I did not have enough experience or knowledge of the philanthropic sector to jump into a job straight out of university and in my exploration of potential opportunities, I discovered the CASE graduate trainee scheme. I was so excited by the prospect of being fully immersed in a fundraising environment and having the opportunity to try out various roles such as face to face fundraising, events, campaigns, direct mailing and communications, as well as being able to represent a fantastic institution that carries out life changing research- and getting paid to do it!

What are you hoping to achieve from your year on the scheme?
I am hoping to gain as much insight and experience into the profession of Higher Education fundraising as possible, develop and expand my skills and experience and become more confident in a professional role. I am excited to learn how different teams within the fundraising and supporter development departments work, how they complement each other, the impact their work has on my institution and ultimately how the work of my institution impacts society, on a local and global scale. Most importantly I hope that my work will have a positive impact during my time at King's.

What are you career ambitions?
Although I'm only just beginning to learn about the profession, I would love to pursue a career within the philanthropic sector. In particular I'm excited to gain more experience in face to face fundraising as well as events and alumni relations. Having spent many months over a three year period working in schools in Zambia volunteering with the Tag Rugby Trust I realised my passion lies in international development and the positive impact it can have at community level and on the world as a whole. As I develop and learn from my colleagues and mentors, over time I hope to gain experience in campaigning and discovering the many aspects involved in carrying out a successful project. With the experience I gain working within the Higher Education fundraising community, I hope to discover and develop my strengths and where I could be most useful, with the hope to one day work for an international NGO working towards universal access to education for all children.

What are you hobbies/activities outside of study/work?
I love to travel, my most recent trip included visits to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia! I really enjoy experiencing different cultures and meeting new people from all over the world, and travelling on a budget has always been exciting in the past! I also love Stand up Paddle boarding, getting stuck into a good book and binge watching a series on Netflix.

Proudest moment?
Graduating from the University of Portsmouth and winning the category of ‘Above and Beyond' in the Student Employee Of The Year awards. I'm also incredibly proud of being 1 of 12 graduates out of 1000 applicants to secure a place on the CASE Europe graduate trainee scheme!