Case study

Inclusion and diversity outreach worker — Tobi Osideinde

Working for the police to build relations with local communities, Tobi enjoys making a positive contribution to society. Find out how he has used his criminology degree to develop in this role

How did you get your job?

I studied BSc Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire. My degree helped strengthen my passion for wanting to make a positive difference to society, so I began to search for jobs which resonated with my mind set. I found it easy to search for jobs due to the employability training and guidance I received in professional job searching while at the university.

How relevant is your degree?

The lessons I learned and the experiences I gained during my studies prepared me for the challenging, yet fulfilling and life-changing, job of inclusion and diversity outreach worker.

The knowledge I accumulated has helped in developing my understanding of the role of the police, policing strategies and the role of a PC. This has been particularly useful as part of my role involves explaining the role of a police constable, how to become a constable and the overall aim of our constabulary's initiatives to different communities.

What's a typical working day like

As an outreach worker, my role consists of establishing, building and strengthening relations between communities and our constabulary, which may previously have been either weak or non-existent. In particular, I specialise in engaging and supporting communities under the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act, including LGBTQ+, neurodiversity, disability and BAME.

My work also involves collaboration with internal staff to identify and help shape/deliver solutions to address potential barriers that may be preventing the relationship building process.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I particularly enjoy the variety and the interactive aspect of my work.

What are the challenges?

My job challenges me every day. Learning about people, our current society and the structural process within certain systems and organisations is not easy, yet I wouldn't change it for the world. I believe for something to be truly fulfilling, there has to be a strong aspect of challenge.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

Most likely I'll be leading a team to make a positive contribution to society - as I am doing now, but hopefully on a much larger scale.

What is your advice to others?

  • Take every opportunity you get to further expand your knowledge. No matter how big or small, everything you come in contact with helps your overall development. Simply put, the more activities you partake in, the more you develop.
  • Remember why you came to university. I think that too often people forget the reason for university - a stepping stone. A large proportion of your future life will be determined by how seriously you take it.
  • Make the most of what you have around you and remember how privileged you are to be in such a position. Time moves too quickly and before you know it those three years have gone.

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