Interview with Martin Hookham: Head of International Office
Back in November 2015, I-Student Global visited University of Sussex to speak to Martin Hookham, Head of International Office to ask him a few questions about working in international student recruitment, the future of studying abroad and why people should study abroad in the UK.
1. If you were to sum up your job role in one sentence, what would it be?
Helping international students to understand study options in the UK.
2. Can you describe a typical day working in the department of International Recruitment? Is there a lot of travel involved in your work?
There is no typical day in this business. I spend a lot of my time dealing with urgent issues as they arrive, which helps to keep the job interesting. In a job where most of the staff are often travelling, it can be difficult towork as a team and so you have to be quite independently minded for the job.
3. How did you arrive at your current role at the university? Did you always want to work in Education?
I started off studying a degree in Product Design. I spent a year in industry after that and realised that I didn’t want to work in that area. I went travelling to Australia and when I returned I saw a job for an Activities Organiser with the EF and thought it looked like a good place to work. After that, to get to my position now I had to continue my studies, with an MBA and a qualification in Higher Education Marketing.