When I first received my offer from Alliance Manchester Business School, there was never to be a second thought! Due to its commendable global ranking and being based in one of the most student-friendly cities in the world, The University of Manchester was a place I couldn’t wait to start studying at; not to mention my long-standing attachment with the city as a die-hard Manchester United fan for as long as I can remember!
Although football and UoM was really all that we knew about Manchester back home, after coming here I realized it has so much more to offer! The cultural mix was fascinating to say the least, and the diversity, heart-warming. The friendly smiles from even the bus drivers in the Freshers’ Week made me feel so much at home. In addition, the city has literally something to offer for everyone, from lively bars and clubs in the city-centre, world-class stadiums and match-day preparations for football fanatics like me, to availability of food for every person’s preferences (including a heaven like curry mile), convenient transport (not to forget the bicycle lanes), and beautiful greenery almost everywhere.
With the start of the freshers’ week, there were uncountable events; I actually used a planner to make sure I attended all that interested me! These included dance parties, rave nights, formal dinners, as well as meet-and-greet events. It was all perfectly set up: I never thought it would be so easy to make friends with people coming from miles away. There was also the overwhelming societies’ fair. With over 400 of them, it was a tedious task to choose which one to join. Apart from the normal ones, there were some very eye-catching societies, such as the hiking club (that takes you on hiking trips every weekend) and the skydiving club (that gives you training to help you become a registered sky-diver)! These just reiterated the idea that within all departments, the University tried its best to take the student experience to the next level.
Coming to students who’d like to work part-time, again, there are plenty of opportunities. As soon as the first week, it is possible to find groups and organisations recruiting for part-time work in the societies’ fair. Moreover, there are plenty of opportunities for students to work in the student union, accommodation halls, or the ever-so-lively shops and restaurants in city-centre.
As for those who are more focused on their career and would rather look for a graduate job after graduation, the University has one of the best careers services in the country. As Business school students, we have access to the AMBS Postgraduate Careers Service in addition to the University’s Careers Service. These departments arrange numerous training and networking events and I was glad to be a part of so many of them. Not only do you get to meet professionals from global organizations, but you also get to talk to them in a rather informal setting and get advice for your job applications. And then the career counsellors are just an appointment away to give you that ever so helpful one-to-one advice!
So the stage was perfectly set up as we began our new academic year! But more about it later, including the best part as an AMBS student: the trip to Lake District!