Victoria Sturley, Learning Technology Specialist
Victoria Sturley, Learning Technology Specialist, speaks to Life@LBS about why she enjoys working in a digital role.
Can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I am a Digital Learning Designer, currently in secondment to Executive Education. What I do is quite varied and different. I support blended and digital programmes throughout their cycle, but with perhaps more of a focus on the design. Most of my role is advisory. This means I am involved in lots of projects, helping out the project teams. I assist with bids, advise on the more detailed design and help some projects deliver new elements. There is also a lot of exploration and innovation, so it’s very exciting.
What attracted you to this role? What do you enjoy about working in a technology-oriented role?
I love the fact that that my role bridges technology and learning, so the technology becomes really meaningful. We all use technology in our everyday lives – people check their smartphones between 50 and 150 times per day. So it’s quite exciting to be bringing this digital revolution to the learning sphere. From a learning theory perspective, we all know that it works better when people learn in the same setting as where they need to apply it, so helping the organisation deliver training and learning in relevant ways is really important.
What does your typical work day look like?
There is no typical when it comes to my job! Some days I’m working on bids or on strategy, designing training or even delivering.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
How varied it is. And the feeling that there is so much we can do here at LBS. The potential impact of my work really excites me.
What does being a part of the LBS community mean to you?
It means having access to a lot of amazing minds. I learn every day, whether that is from faculty, my colleagues and/or our students and participants.
Where is your favourite place on campus?
The most beautiful place is definitely the front lawn, although I tend to forget it exists and don’t spend as much time there as I would like! I also really enjoyed the Quad barbeques during summer.
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
I’m not ashamed to say I’m in love with Tenerife. It combines mountains and sea, and I love the volcanic wasteland at its centre. It’s a really magical place.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Humility. Everyone does what they do for a reason and everyone is human. It can be easy to forget that when there are politics or we are running up against deadlines. I like to think about what is important to people and how they are feeling. Much as I care about excellence and doing things right (which is a lot!), if we forget the human element then what we are doing loses its meaning. I believe we are here to help people be happier and better – and that starts at home.
Do you have any good recommendations from living in London?
I adore my neighbourhood – Canada Water – and would recommend it to everyone. It’s quiet, green, spacious and only 25 mins from the School. I call it London’s best kept secret, because it’s really affordable, well connected and people are hardly aware of it. Feel free to ask me about its pubs on the river!
Tell us something surprising about you
I grew up speaking both English and Spanish. If you heard me speak Spanish you would never guess that I’m also a native English speaker. Some people say it’s almost like I have two personalities.