University gives back 0

For many students the be all and end all of going to university is the studying and socialising with friends made through Halls or via the course and sport activities, however for some taking that next step into a work-study environment is also important, and this is where the University gives back to their students.

Like many Universities UWTSD has many opportunities for their students to become more involved in activities that are taking place throughout the year, this is when those students looking for opportunities strike. Whether it be a part time job, through the University or by taking on extra responsibility on your course, by becoming a rep, or taking part in the arranged events laid on by the University staff during the evenings to network with businesses and others who think like you. This is all opportunities provided by the University and their way of giving back to the students who chose to spend their minimum 3 year study period with them.

Part time jobs

This is where I’m probably going to sound like every students worse nightmare, getting a job as well as studying for a degree you must be mental, well for some students this is the norm, the way they make their living, pay rent, provide food for themselves and earn a little extra on the side to go out a couple nights a week or buy that little something they’ve had their eye on for a while.

While many Postgraduate student will say this is their norm, for the undergrads its can be daunting finding places to work, well fear not career services are on hand to help you find a part-time job if necessary. Now whether this is the case for all campus under the brand UWTSD I’m not sure but in the Business school we have a projector by the main stairwell which gives out notifications, through this the University also posts jobs which have come up through internal networks. Meaning that the University as well as supplying you with study can also provide you with job opportunities on campus, like with all business’s they must advertise jobs internally to see if anyone at the industry would like the opportunity before going externally for it. As of September the Position of ‘Social Media and Online Ambassador’ was advertised and students from all the campuses applied.

Other opportunities, in terms of part time jobs can often be found in the Library and via vacancies page on the University website, if you are interested in finding a job.

Repping for your course

Whether you enjoy your course, and we hope you do, it is vitally important that when issues arise it is reported to your student rep on the course. This is a position often advertised in class at the start of every year, so that someone different can be chosen if they so wish. Now for many people the idea of being a rep doesn’t appeal however it is an important position to have as you are that interlink between management board and what happens in your classroom, it is also something decent to have on your CVs if you are looking for leadership positions in the future. You can often have a little complain to those higher up and if they deem it reasonable changes to structures or find improvements needed they will be made.

Often within courses you hear the reps will have a greater communication relationship with staff at the University as they get to sit down and chat with senior staff and each lecturer on the course more openly and blatantly about what is going on around the place.

Arranged Events

Now for a University of our size and volume in terms of campuses and location, the staff @Uwtsd do a lot of work in getting an event programme organised for students to attend on a weekly basis, these events are there to benefit the students and allow them the chance to network with organisations within all fields of industry, or the chance to sample aspects of life you may not of considered before University.

Now I know I mention the Business Campus a lot during my blogs as well that is the campus I’m located at, and have been during my time @Uwtsd, so I’m fully aware of what events take place and how active the lecturers are at trying to entice students into attending the events, so they have the chance to learn, interact and network with some of Wales and the World’s finest people.

If you are interested in attending any events down the business school, the information regarding who is presenting the event is sent by email the week commencing the date of the event, some events may need you to confirm your attendance and a buffet is sometimes provided for all you hungry students

However they are all free to attend and at the end of the year students will be given a certificate confirming the events they attended.

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Many thanks and look forward to more blogs from the #MyStory team