Meet The Team: Jenai Campbell from the TLS Examinations Team

Every month, we introduce you to one of our team. This month, meet Jenai Campbell from the TLS Examinations Team.

Tell us about the role you do for TLS

I am a Service Coordinator for the Examinations Team at TLS, which entails quite a range of varied tasks, but I am principally involved in the Paper Setting assignments. On a day-to-day basis, I am usually creating and reviewing materials to be used in the remote exams, liaising with external freelancers who also assist with Paper Setting, or supporting the rest of the Examinations Team in miscellaneous duties.

What’s been your favourite project at TLS?

I began working at TLS in November 2022, around the same time that the Paper Setting project, in which a new bank of materials is being created using a new format for the remote exams, was just beginning. Therefore, I have been able to witness and participate in the growth of this project along with the rest of the team and the new recruits along the way. Seeing the accumulation of materials and the improvements over time in the work submitted by freelancers that you have helped to support is extremely rewarding, and a motivating reminder of how my contributions manifest into results for the team.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I would say my biggest challenge so far was feeling confident in myself when I first had to start giving feedback about work that was submitted for use in the Paper Setting project. Despite knowing that it was constructive feedback, it took me a little while to have the confidence in myself to know that I was giving the correct advice and supporting the external team members correctly.

If you didn’t do your current job, what would you like to do?

When asked as a child what my dream job would be, I used to say that I wanted to be a stunt double! Now, I would say that I would like to be a literary translator (slightly less risky). Having studied French and Spanish at university, and completed a master’s in translation, I found that my love for languages and for reading were neatly combined in translating literature.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I restarted gymnastics last year, joining an adult gymnastics club. I previously did gymnastics between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, training 5 days a week for up to 4 hours per session, but stopped when my older sisters got injured because I didn’t want to train without them! I took up pole fitness when I was at university and loved it but wanted to have another go at gymnastics when I moved back to London, so now I have fallen in love with the sport and training all over again (without the pressure of competing!).

If you could meet someone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Malorie Blackman. I loved reading her books growing up, I feel like she was a significant part of my childhood and as I’ve grown up and watched her interviews, or been to talks that she has delivered, I’ve come to learn what an inspiration she is.

What are your ambitions for the next 12 months?

Professionally, I would like to continue learning and developing my skills within the Examinations Team, particularly when it comes to the delivery side of the business. Personally, I would like to continue with swimming lessons which I began this year as a New Year’s resolution, to conquer my fear of water!

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