Tag Archives: Student Opportunities

19 January 2017 - 1:18 pm When enterprise becomes international: Taking the best from globalisation

When I commenced on the challenge of developing a programme for international students to develop their entrepreneurship skills I was not expecting Brexit would happen or even that we would have Mr Turmp as the next US President. When the programme ended, I was not only watching the political landscape change but also how far western nations were driving away from globalisation and becoming a closed retrogressive society.

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3 October 2016 - 4:02 pm The benefits of becoming a councillor in the Students’ Union

The union has ample of opportunities for you to develop and improve your skills, but none are as interesting and impactful on your students’ experience as standing for the role of Students’ Union Councillor. The benefits go far beyond making you more employable, including:

Making interesting friends

The council brings together people who are really engaged and are here to make a positive difference to student life. You might meet people who disagree with you completely, but may still become friends with them. Alongside this, you will meet people with similar interests who may well become friends throughout your university life and beyond.

Negotiating and learning

Many times the Union council sees discussion on topics which are quite controversial. These issues might not have a correct answer and the policy would depend on which way the council swings. You might find yourself on the less popular side, as I did sometimes, but believe me here even losing is winning. You will learn more from a lost argument than one which was popular.

Making a difference

The councillors do amazing things. They have prevented departments from shutting down,  to helping to decide which companies are able to sell their products in the Students’ Union building, . Some councillors’ sit on various committees such as the finance committee, academic representative committee and many more.

Become informed and lead the way        

Ever wondered how democracy actually works? Wondered what happens in parliamentary debates? Well, students union council isn’t the whole of the UK, but it still provides an insight on how things work in a democracy. Seize this opportunity to get yourself exposed to debates and discussion to enrich yourself. Who knows probably you might be able to chart a new direction for the Students’ Union!

Wondering how to be a councillor? Click here to know more.

Do not fret if you are a first year student. I was one when I became the Councillor for the Economics department. One things I can tell you – becoming a councillor was one of the best experiences I have had so far at university.

I am running for the International Students’ Councillor, so who knows I might see you at the council some time!

 

22 September 2015 - 2:47 pm An Ex-Fresher’s Guide to Enterprise

Hello everyone! So, it’s my last week in the USE office. Sad times! My projects are being finished off, my endless sheets of paper are being organised and I’ve eaten a few too many of the homemade brownies I’d supposedly bought in for everyone else!

I can’t quite believe that nine weeks of work are coming to an end. Where has the time gone?! With only a few hours until I say goodbye to the Enterprise Zone until September, my mind is filled with thoughts of Intro Week; the bright-eyed freshers moving into Endcliffe, the long-awaited return of Pop Tarts (oh how I’ve missed you) and the rather daunting start of my third and final year. Help!

The infamous Corp

The infamous Corp

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23 June 2015 - 11:26 am End of an era…..or maybe just for a year!

Hi all! Sorry if you haven’t heard from me in a while. So, today is my last shift at USE. It’s been a year!! It doesn’t seem too long ago when I joined in September last year. This place seems the same, but I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did in September.

Although it all seems the same, everything has changed (more or less). I remember when I first started working, I came in a day before to ask advice for my first day. I wasn’t scared (maybe a little) before starting the job but Liz (my previous manager) was a great support and supported me through my first day (and every other day after that).

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5 May 2015 - 12:55 pm Making Ideas Happen module – is it for you?

Making ideas happen, what is it? What’s it like? – Student perspective. Continue reading “Making Ideas Happen module – is it for you?” »

30 April 2015 - 2:37 pm Keep calm… Summer is around the corner

Spring is definitely in the air. We’ve had some beautiful sunny days and it’s got me dreaming of the summer holidays… Continue reading “Keep calm… Summer is around the corner” »

3 April 2015 - 12:48 pm “I think you need to de-stress…”

If I had a pound every time I thought that or had someone say that to me, I think I would be rich by now. It is also easier said than done. But can changing your attitude make it easier to deal with the big stressful things. Continue reading ““I think you need to de-stress…”” »

21 March 2015 - 2:34 pm Reclaim your Lunch Break

So I am probably the worst person for doing this… I get a little too engrossed in my work and don’t want to stop doing whatever the thing might be… but now is the time to take action, I need to reclaim my lunch hour.

According to this article, only three in 10 people actually take a lunch break even though it is proven to reduce stress in the workplace, help you be more productive and help you maintain a better work/life balance. But if I give myself a task to do in my lunch break, surely this will help me break the vicious cycle of the lack of lunch breaks? Here are a few suggestions to help you maximise your lunch breaks between lectures and revitalise… Continue reading “Reclaim your Lunch Break” »

17 March 2015 - 10:10 am Grab your bucket and run into a beach full of opportunities

At the time of writing this, I am about to leave USE to go onto maternity leave. But as well as spending loads of time with my new born, I have been thinking about making the most of my year by making a bucket list of all the things that I have been wanting to do for ages but because of working full time or just not getting round to it, it just hasn’t happened. Continue reading “Grab your bucket and run into a beach full of opportunities” »

17 February 2015 - 4:50 pm E is for….

If it isn’t one E word (enterprise) that I go on about, it is another one, employability.

We all know that the graduate market is highly competitive and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The way I like to describe this is by thinking of a cake: your degree is a great solid base that has got the essential knowledge that you need to do the job (or in a cake sense, you need the sponge to be a cake) but it is the things that you do on top of your degree that makes you more attractive to employers (and for me, the sprinkles, toppings and anything else you can fit on the cake makes it sooo much more attractive). Continue reading “E is for….” »