Jane O’Loughlin might a be a familiar face to some of you – in her role as an international student advisor, she has assisted many students with visa applications! Jane has been with us for two years; read on to find out more about her job and her favourite Edinburgh spots.
Please tell us a little about your role.
The biggest part of my job is providing immigration advice to students. UK immigration law is very complex, and constantly evolving, so I’ve had to have a lot of training to get the level of expertise that I have. I also have to keep up with changes, so I’m always having to read the news! I do have other aspects to my job: I advise on other aspects of student life – for example, practicalities of moving to the UK and cultural adjustment. I work closely with staff members too to keep our Tier 4 Sponsor Licence safe – this mainly involves delivering training to staff members and answering difficult questions!
What do you like the most about your job? What motivates you?
My favourite part of my job is helping students. I get some really complicated cases, and it’s very satisfying when I know I’ve helped someone to stay in the UK to finish their studies.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I’m quite a sociable person, so I spend a lot of time outside work with my friends. A lot of my socialising involves playing music – I play instruments and sing. I also love to travel, so I get away every chance I get!
What’s the most useful piece of advice anyone has ever shared with you?
You’re much more likely to regret something you haven’t done, than something you did do!
What’s your favourite place in Edinburgh? Why?
There’s lots of places I love in Edinburgh – the tow path on the Water of Leith, the National Museum, but I’d have to say my favourite place is Portobello beach.
Where would you choose to have a meal in Edinburgh?
Hard question! I really like Tang’s on Candlemakers Row and Malvarosa in Portobello, but there are loads of other restaurants I’d really like to try, so if I had a choice, I’d probably go somewhere new!
You studied abroad as part of your degree – with this experience in mind, do you have any advice you’d like to share with new international students?
Yes, I’d say the best thing I did when I was abroad was to make sure I didn’t just stick with students of my own nationality. I made lots of friends among local people, as well as other international students, and I really developed my language skills as well as making lifelong friends across the world, and really got involved with the culture – it made me feel like I belonged there, and I didn’t want to go home!
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