The formal teaching lectures and examination may have ended for the master’s degree but learning continues.
With the end of semester 2, I am excited to do research work on the topic that fascinates me. We have already begun to build the foundation of our dissertation.
As the academic session has almost come to end, I would like to share my thoughts about the support and learnings that I have received throughout my time at Alliance Manchester Business School in this blog post.
(1) As an international student, it took me some time to adjust to a new country. However, the constant support from the university helped me to have the best time. They provide us with useful insights about regular events at the university and the city. This made me explore the city well and adjust to it quickly.
(2) I met many like-minded people from different countries at events organised by the International society. Wednesday and Friday socials proved to be very effective for me to make new friends and understand their viewpoints. Do take part in the weekend trips organised by the International Society to explore the city.
(3) I volunteered in an organisation called ReachOut. We used to provide mentoring sessions to the young people once a week. I met many new people there and learnt from their experiences. The Students' Union provides you with information about such non-profit organisations. Just keep an eye on the Students' Union’s website and volunteer wherever you can make the best out of it. Moreover, the Students' Union organises an event every year where you can meet the heads of different organisations and societies.
(4) For studies, you have support from your teachers at every moment. You can approach them anytime. Also, every professor has pre-defined office hours in which you can walk in and talk about your module to them.
Moreover, AMBS provides us with a facility to arrange a virtual meeting with our professors through SOHOL and clear our doubts. Therefore, teachers are very supportive and they help you in every possible way throughout your studies.
(5) The career support team provides you with useful insights to secure your career. There is a website called Career Connect where you can find all resources to build your professional career. It provides information about the recent openings at organisations in your field and you can directly apply from there. The resources helped me to prepare for my interviews. For postgraduate students at AMBS, there is separate support provided by the careers team. They organise regular drop-in sessions, 121 appointments and mock interviews. Take part in AMBS socials to build your network and learn from the experiences of people.
Lastly, the city and university have a lot to offer, explore as much as you can. You will get support from the AMBS every time, just make the most out of it. I hope my experiences from the last year prove useful to you to build your experiences.