Jaz Rabadia - Energy Manger at Debenhams
BEng Mechanical Engineering, (City University)
MSc Energy, Environmental Technology & Economics (City University)
Chartered Energy Manager MEI (Energy Institute)
What was your role at The Big Bang Fair?
As a STEM Guide my role was to walk around on the exhibition floor and get students involved in the activities on offer. I spent 20 mins before the children arrived familiarising myself with the stands and activity timetables. I had all the tools to do the job and the stands are so great, it doesn’t usually take much persuading to the students to get stuck in.
Why did you decide to volunteer for The Big Bang Fair?
I want to raise the awareness of the diverse range of roles available to those with STEM backgrounds. (Something I am passionate about doing through my STEM Ambassador role)
What did you enjoy about volunteering at The Big Bang Fair?
There was a great energy in the hall – lots of interactive activities. I helped groups of children get involved in the exhibition and had time to look around and learn a few things too! It’s really rewarding, even if it’s just one more person inspired to pursue a STEM career, it’s a great result.
What skills have you gained / improved upon from volunteering at The Big Bang Fair?
Volunteering at the event helps to build your confidence and allows you to develop your communication skills. It’s helped me to be able to translate complex subjects into everyday language, a skill I use at work too!
Would you recommend others to volunteer at The Big Bang Fair and why?
It’s vital to build the pipeline of future leaders in STEM careers and who better to do that than those working in the industry! It’s a rewarding role and it’s great to contribute to day in any way you can.
If you fancy volunteering at The Big Bang Fair or at The Big Bang Near Me events around the UK, check out our website: www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/volunteers