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Posted 4 May 2014 by Gemma

 

It's getting to the end of term now, which means that deadlines are soon approaching! As you'll know if you've read any of my previous blogs I have been in the process of writing my dissertation for the past few months, and collecting my data to prepare for the hand in date! I've been working hard on the project, which has meant putting in a lot of hours, meetings with tutors and library sessions, and the deadline has now approached and the project is due in on Wednesday! Thankfully, I have finished and bound my project so I'm ready to hand it in on the morning and wave goodbye to my work - which will be weird as it's become like a friend to me as I've spent so much time on it!Gemma's Dissertation

Regardless of what you're studying, I'm sure that you'll write, or will be writing essays and conducting projects for your course! Here are a few of my tips to make sure that you get the most out of uni, your essays and your course as a whole!

Firstly, always choose an essay that interests you - most of the time your lecturers will give you a choice of questions, and I have in the past chosen the essay that I thought would be the easiest to write, and have then got half way through and realised that I hated the topic and was bored to death by it, so don't learn the hard way like I did and always choose the question that you think you will like to read around the most.

Speaking of reading, that's my second essay tip - read around your topics widely. I find that tutors always encourage you to read whole articles or pieces of work, but I find that reading the abstract really helps first, as you can determine whether you think the article is going to be interesting and whether you are going to get anything out of it.

Another tip is to try to get to know your tutors, some people might say it's sucking up - but at the end of the day they're the ones marking your essays, and they're the ones who have a mass of knowledge about your degree, and you can learn a lot from them! Depending on what subject you study, you might even be able to do some work with them on their projects - I do psychology and in my first year I got to work on a project with one of my tutors and help her collect data for a research paper that she was writing!

I wish you guys all the best of luck with your essays and exams, and if any of you lovely lot have any exam tips for me then please drop me a line!

Take care guys!

Gemma

 

Having just attended an event to help my development and plan my career path, it only seems fitting to pass on some of this knowledge and advice to you guys! Because that's the ultimate plan after all - university is just a stepping-stone in to the big wide corporate world, and giving yourself the best start is essential in what is becoming a very competitive market.

Firstly, I'll start with the most obvious and common question - 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?

When I Grow Up...

The answer to this question is not a job title, which would have been the case when we were younger and probably changed weekly, if not daily!

But should be a series of jobs which create a path / journey which will help take you to where you want to be, you may only know the first couple of destinations on your journey, or the end goal, but key to this journey is that it's something you enjoy. The path can and will develop overtime as you gain more experience and knowledge and there is nothing wrong with that.

This leads me to the main piece of advice I been given and am trying to follow; it's to use the T methodto develop your knowledge, a theory that can be some what over looked when people are starting out in their career, but one I feel that is vital.

So let me explain - Your aim is to make your knowledge into the shape of a T, by learning a lot about one area, and a little about a lot, which should therefore in time make you an expert in one particular area of business. If you can become an expert in one particular area, and become known for your expertise, you will become an incredibly sought after individual. It is important that you are passionate about the subject you choose to pursue, as without passion you will struggle with the long hours and hard work required to achieve your goals. Try to spend regular time developing and educating yourself, as constant improvement will ensure you reach, and stay at the top.

Your area of knowledge doesn't have to remain a T shape as you move through your career though, over time you can deepen your knowledge in other areas and add extra layers, but becoming an expert in one area is the best way to start.

Whilst gaining knowledge is vital, it is also important to implement that knowledge.

Knowledge doesn't equal Power.

Knowledge + Action = Power

So start May off with me, as Marvelous May, and make every day count towards your career by learning / building on your expertise every day.

Good luck x

A Critical Time

Posted 1 May 2014 by Abigail

 

Hi Guys! 

Whatever stage of education you are at, the next few months are always going to be very important. It's the time of the year that everyone, including myself, goes a bit mad with deadlines and exam revision. It's a stressful time but it doesn't have to be, so here are my top tips for revision and stress relief -

. Get off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other form of social media! Don't procrastinate and waste valuable time checking news feeds. De-activate your account and don't go back on until you have finished your work - if someone needs to contact you then they will call you if it's really important.

. Take breaks, go for a walk or a run to clear your head. You need to look at your work with fresh eyes to be able to spot mistakes so go for long walk or even just watch a film then go back to your work and you'll be able to spot mistakes much easier. It's also a great way of relieving stress and giving your brain and eyes a rest!

. Make checklists. I live my entire life by making checklists, they help me prioritise what is most important and needs to be done right away. I get a kick out of being able to tick them off which is even more motivation to try to do everything on the list. 

. Have something to look forward to after you have finish yours assignments and exams. Whether that be a holiday, festival, a party or just a catch up with a friend it will help to motivate you to work harder. I've booked to go to a music festival in Spain with some friends this summer, so when I'm stuck at home revising I think of that to inspire me to work! 

Good luck!

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