Send Postcards to Your Home Country
Do you want to send postcards to your friends from the UK? Although I have heard that there is a 50% loss rate and the most critical one is at the gatekeeper's place (if you send postcards to China) 😱 ...... The sender and the recipient are waiting together for a postcard that has travelled across the sea. Why not have a try?
Below is a template sending postcards to Mainland China.
****(Address details in Chinese, down to the door number)
***(Your friend name) 收，Tel.*******
From: ****(Your name)
The blue By Air Mail sticker is not compulsory, but some post offices will still give it to you. When you buy a stamp, just say it's for your country and it's usually £1.70 per stamp. Another amazing thing is that after walking around a number of shops today, I found that the shops selling cards in the UK really only have different types of cards, but not postcards! Postcards are only available in souvenir shops!
And good luck to your friends! 😊
Jun Zeng | e-Business Management
Visiting Lands’ End, Cornwall
A couple of months ago, I went to lands' end Cornwall with my friends. We went to this place after we visited Dorset. At first, we wanted to go to Stone Henge, but we didn't get the ticket, and the weather in Salisbury was not good, it was rainy. So, we chose to go here before took a rest in Newquay. The journey from Dorset to Lands' End was 4 hours by car. We cramped in the car for almost 8 hours that day. What a trip, but it was worth it. Lands' end was like others Cornwall beach. It was very beautiful. The place has a remarkable history that fascinated many people and inspired many stories and works of art. According to Lands' End official website, the site has mythical stories about 'Lost Land of Lyonesse' lies beneath the waves between Land's End and the Isles of Scilly. Lyonesse was a part of King Arthur's realm drowned by the sea on a stormy night. You can explore this history about the place in its museum and, it's free. So, what are you waiting for after submitting your dissertation, pack your bag, and explore Cornwall?
How do you like e-Business Management course? Part-2
‘Generally speaking, it is great, and I feel that I am learning new things year-round. '
Q: How is your course experience, and adaptability?
A: In terms of language adaptation, because there are subtitles and the teacher's speaking speed is relatively slow, in fact, I can adapt very quickly. The rhythm of the class feels good, the teacher explained each point very clearly, and you can watch the replay after class.
But if the courses are held from morning to night, even though it is a lecture, I still feel quite tired.
In groupwork, I can work with many different students. Some are from the same specialism, others are not. I can therefore learn from other students.
The curriculum is very good and reasonable, and I feel that I have learned a lot. Although some of them are not very in-depth, at least I feel that I got the concepts and a framework so that I can start to learn by myself.
Q: What do you think of the course schedule this year?
A: Our course arrangement is not very good. It was very very intensive. I feel that PMA and project are piled up together.
Our course schedule for this academic year is a bit strange, because at the first several months we did not have too many courses, but there were a lot of classes in May and June, plus writing PMAs, dissertations, and finding a job, was very rushed.
Q: We took online classes for almost the whole year (20-21), how do you feel?
A: I personally think that the online course is quite good. There are replays and subtitles. I think this will be more efficient for me. And I can lie down and watch when I’m tired. Haha. The teachers are also very nice. In short, it is not tired plus can understand more.
Q: What about life?
A: Apart from going out to play and being unable to eat in, I feel dizzy every time I am hungry.
(P.s. This happened when the UK has not been unblocked. It was too miserable to eat in the cold wind).
The location of Coventry is okay…close to Birmingham and it is very convenient to go to London.
Jun Zeng | e-Business Management
IT services (Hidden Gems)
During your study at WMG, you will find some emails coming to you from the IT services. Those emails are not only about updating your IT account but also about some great learning opportunities that you can get through the IT services. Before telling you what are these opportunities I want to pass my greetings and thanks to this IT team who successfully made our pandemic year learning experience much easier.
Now, let's see what they offer. If you visit this link you can access the ITS webpage in which you will find a guide to all their services.
Through this page, you can find all the resources you need to know about how to store your research data and what are licenced software tools are allowed for you to use to collect and analyze your data.
2. Learning and teaching
using this service will make it easier for you to familiarize yourself with Warwick virtual learning environment (Moodle) and the licenced software for learning such as MS Office, MS teams, Matlab, SPSS, etc
3. IT training
and this service I consider it the real hidden gem that students can take good advantage of. The IT training gives you access to live and recorded trainings for the most used software programs in many areas and industries. There you can learn analytical software tools such as Excel, Access, Qulatirics, and SPSS. You can also learn design and graphics tools such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. In addition to Python, Matlab and all other MS services that we use as students.
I encourage you to take advantage of such an opportunity to enrich you technical skills for a much stronger CV after graduation. You can also follow Twitter of the IT training by which they post tips and announcements for their new training intakes. Follow them @trainingWarwick.
Good luck with your study!
Reading List: Dissertation Books
I believe all of you are busy with the dissertation deadline right now. Good luck, and you are one step to freedom days. Anyway, I want to share books that help me to write my dissertation. Although, I do still not finish writing my dissertation due to health issues. I really need your prayers, so I can get well very soon and finish my dissertation. Anyway, here is my list of great books that help me write my dissertation. You can rent these at the library :)
Maintain your wellbeing on campus
Studying masters degree in one year is quite a challenge. Not only loads of PMAs, but also external factors affected my life a lot. Especially, it was stressful because of the covid pandemic situation; I couldn’t meet many of my friends, travel OR out from November to April. So, I tried to find ways to boost my emotional well-being as well as physical health. I would like to introduce some methods that I tried to improve the quality of my life.
Firstly, I used wellbeing support services in the university. Even during the lockdown, the wellbeing support services were still opened. I could book an MS team meeting via online registration for my wellbeing consultations. Throughout the meeting, I could have good advice to keep my emotional health in good condition. In addition to emotional health support, the wellbeing support team also support other student issues such as family, harassment, sexual misconduct and time out from the study. Similarly, Warwick SU provides ‘nightline’ service. Trained student volunteers run it. If you want someone to talk to without being judged, you can feel comfortable and safe to call on nightline.
Secondly, I started regular exercise. Before the lockdown relief, I used to run every morning. Since the campus is huge, I could take a different route almost every day. When I run, I could feel refreshed, and my muscles get stronger. Interestingly, you can find running routes by distance and area and running guide and running groups. Through this link from Warwick sports, you register under "my crew" and get a chance to meet many friends to walk and talk with. In addition, I would like to recommend one running application called “STRAVA”. There are Warwick running routes already updated on the application. What really motivated me is that the app compares my record on a certain route with others average. I sometimes challenged myself to break the record. (I got a nice Warick T-shirt from Warwick sports centre for completing a running/walking 6000 daily steps challenge for a week!)
Last not but least, the best way to relieve my stress for the previous five months was to explore the campus with friends. There are three pubs on the campus which are Dirty Duck, Terrace bar and Varsity. My favourite is the Dirty Duck. The price is very reasonable, and the food is nice. Also, Varsity is an excellent place to visit after submitting a PMA. The mood is very chill. There are many barbeque places on campus (I lived in Claycroft, so I used to go to the barbeque place near claycroft3). Find your nearest BBQ spot and Enjoy!
Choosing your project topic and supervisor
Most of the WMG course marks consist of 50% for modules and 50% for your research project. But what always happens, or let’s say what happened with me, was that I focused much on the modules, and I found myself stressed about my project's first milestone (Choosing the project supervisor and the topic). Studying for your master's degree in one year is quite a challenge, and to maintain a high quality of this year, WMG gives the students the chance to start working on their research as early as possible. So, keep in mind from day one that you need to explore more about the area you will do your research about. If you have no idea what exactly you will research about or you have too many ideas and so confused to choose from them, don't worry; these few steps worked very well for me:
1. Know your dates and deadlines
The first step is to know your timeline, when the supervisor selection system will open, and when it will close.
2. Define your personal goal
What is your goal from your research? Are you exploring a new area? Are you developing your own business? Are you aiming for a promotion in your company? There are many reasons, and you need to find yours to be your guide while choosing your topic.
3. Talk to the experts
I advise three types of experts you can talk to. First, your tutors or course leader, share your goal with them and ask them for advice on how to choose your research topic. Second, you can learn from previous students what worked well and what didn't so you can improve your selection process. Third, experts in your field; can be your manager, mentor, or someone you know who is in the market and updated with the market trends. And yes, there is another important advisor, but I guess you automatically go for it, Google! Search for new trends or topics in your industry and get inspired.
4. Define general areas of interest
By now, you will have formed some general areas of interest , or maybe you have an idea that itches your mind to do your research about. Write them down and wait for the selection system to open.
5. Narrow down
once the system is open, you will browse tens of supervisors according to your course. Use the filters to narrow down your search. Make a list of those who target the same areas of interest as yours. It doesn't have to be the exact area, most supervisors are flexible, and you can always discuss it later. During my shortlisting, I considered the supervisor's area of expertise; I even checked their Linkedin profile and any published work for them. All these can help you find the right ones for yourself.
6. request interviews
Now, you know the supervisors you are targeting, start requesting interviews when the system allows you (A later date than the system opening date). Through the system, the supervisors will see your application and communicate with you if they are interested in arranging an interview. In the interview, ask as many questions as you like, and they will be happy to answer. My main focus was on knowing how they would guide me and what they think about the topic I chose.
7. Decide and apply
Usually, after doing some interviews, you will find yourself more comfortable with one or two supervisors. It's important now to choose your most preferred one and apply. A good tip here is to communicate with the supervisor and see if they accept you, as this will save you time and effort. Why? Because if you apply for more than one at this point, you will be matched with the first one who accepts your application. So, make sure you apply for your priority first.
I hope those tips are helpful and good luck with your research!
Last month, I went to Dorset to visit Durdle Door with my friends, part of our road trip to Cornwall. I believe this is the longest road trip I have ever had. So, we went to Durdle Door for 4 hours by car from Coventry for the first day. The thing that I love about studying in Warwick is I can explore the UK very easily because Warwick's location is in the heart of the UK. The Durdle Door is very beautiful. The rock formation is unique. When we went there, the weather is very warm, but the wind is very strong. I could not walk straight, and I wore the wrong clothes. I thought the weather will be hot and not windy. Overall, I really enjoy my time here. We spend our time in front of the beach, sunbathing, talking, singing, and bonding with friends.
Following my previous post, I would like to take the chance to share what was about the Scholars Event hosted by the University, as you might imagine, this academic year did not allow lots of social events because of the contingency so every event the university is hosted it was a big opportunity to expand my network. The Scholar event was exclusive for those students who have any scholarship or agreement with Warwick and our home countries, so if you are one of those students you must be very proud of yourself of such achievements; to have received an offer to study here and to have been chosen for the scholarship.
During the event I learned about all programs and scholarships available at Warwick and of course how competitive they are. To be honest I am very happy to have attended such event, not only because I met new people, but also because I realized the importance of networking. It is admirable to get to know people from every part of the world who experienced similar process to receive a scholarship. I got excited about the idea of myself helping to upcoming generations while supporting scholars. So speaking about events and networking at Warwick, I would like to share some recommendations in order to build networking outside your study field.
· Encourage yourself and talk with people… so if you are shy, I guarantee this is one skill you are going to develop during the masters. When you do speak with people they know what are you doing and vice versa, this is important because they might know someone who might help you with whatever you could need ( you never know, the world is so little), you will not believe how easy and fun result when someone say “I actually know someone interested in the same topic as you, I will let them know about you”.
· Connect with people through social media, when time allows it, ask them if they would like to connect, be polite and professional and use Linkedln at the beginning, is the most convenient platform in my opinion. Especially because once we have finished our course we will move out from campus (Coventry) so keeping in touch with people might be hard if they were not your course mates. You never know when the is next time you will see them again.
5 Great places to write your dissertation on campus
Time flies so fast. I can't believe we are already in the last month of our study postgraduate in the university on campus. I think you're doing your dissertation right now, or maybe some of you will submit it next week so you can explore the UK. I dedicated this blog post to someone who still fights to finish their dissertation and wants to find a new place to write but doesn't know where they are. Here I listed 5 great places to write a dissertation on campus based on my own experience.
This is my favorite place to write a dissertation. The area is quiet, and the atmosphere is good for study. I think this is perfect for someone who likes books and peaceful places. You can also use two monitor PC to process your dissertation data. I am very excited to see the new library after refurbishing.
2. Oculus Building
This is perfect if you want to study in a café atmosphere. The chairs are very comfy, and the large window is awesome if you need to take a rest a few minutes from your laptop monitor just to see the green trees. It is not perfect for someone who likes a quiet place because it is a little bit pack.
3. University House Building
I just found this new place with my friend. And it is great if you need a big iMac screen to process your data. This place provides you with it. I think some people don't know this place, so I rarely meet students here.
4. WMG MEC Building
Another good place to study for WMG students. This place is perfect for someone who likes to write a dissertation together with friends. You can also bring food or instant noodle because this place provides hot water and a microwave.
5. PG HUB
My least favorite place for me is because this place is crowded, but most people love this place. Almost all my friend spent their time writing a dissertation here. They said it motivates them to see other people do the same, making them feel alone writing a dissertation. It's back to people's preferences.
Follow the simple rules in your life so that you can keep yourself and your data safe and secure:
Change default WiFi password – If one has received a default password of WiFi, then they must change the password. This step will protect you in case your default password gets hacked.
Maintain separate passwords for personal and educational (professional) use – The reason being even if your (personal) email gets hacked, your professional email, which might contain sensitive and confidential information will remain protected.
Change your password every 60 to 90 days – It is a good practice updating your password after a defined time interval because it will prevent your account to get hacked as it will introduce the element of difficulties to crack the password.
Use password managers – Do not use standardised keywords as your password as it will be simple to brute force and identify. Create a unique password and store them with the help of password managers.
Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA), where possible – 2FA gives you a provision of sending a code to a second factor that is accessed by you and only you, such as a mobile phone or app. It will make sure your data gets protected with multiple layers of security.
Ensure you inculcate the practice of screen lock for all your smart devices – With the advancement in technology, one could use biometric like a fingerprint or retina lock to enable screen lock, which makes it difficult for an attacker to unlock your smart devices.
Keep your computer and installed software up to date – All your operating systems and software providers send regular patches to mitigate vulnerabilities and fix security issues to safeguard your machine and data. The providers expect the users to regularly check for updates and follow the easy steps.
Acquire the habit of taking back up – Upload the most vital data to an external hard drive or cloud-based storage system such as OneDrive. It will help you access your data if your device gets corrupted or infected by a virus.
Do not tailgate – While accessing the university building, if you happen to notice that someone is tailgating, then validate their badge or report to the staff member as that they can take corrective actions against it. We must understand that physical security is equally essential as digital security.
When university students adopt all the above preventive measures, it will keep the cyber attackers at bay.
The day you decide to attend the open day of university, you have started building your network (unknowingly!). The reason I emphasise building connections is that the people with whom one interacts might help them during the admission process. Based on my personal experience, I communicated and built a professional connection with a resource from the WMG admissions committee team and to date (s)he assists me in stressful academic situations.
I am not asking you to make connections for your benefit and selfish reason. Remember, it is a two-way streak. You build your network to rely on for support, guidance, and help, where possible. It may also reap your big rewards in the long term. At the same time, you must extend your helping hand in their (your connections’) vulnerable time. Irrespective of your designation, you must build your connections to progress ahead as every individual in your network matters.
At WMG, University of Warwick, your connections will begin by working or studying together in groups and being an active team player. Formulating a group is one way of building your network, as everyone in your group will know at least one new student with whom you can get connected. The latter technique expands your group and connections. Alternatively, being a member of societies will expose you to communicate with staff and students at the university.
Here are some tips for building your network:
Imbibe networking as a natural reflex – Do not overdo it but if you shy away from people, try to practise it in your daily routine.
Know your audience and goals – Before you attend a social event, aim at how many people you will connect with and what piece of information you are looking for.
Stay connected – Once you have connected with an individual, try and maintain the relationship with them by following up and do not lose your connections and the time you invested.
Remember to continue expanding your network in your professional life by connecting with your clients and colleagues at social events or drinks. It might help you - securing new job opportunities, a promotion at work, receive career advice and advance in your area of expertise, gain insights and knowledge, create and raise your profile and many more.
In the UK the restrictions have started to lift so more activities are allowed and the university has been kind enough to prepare such social events. So today I want to share some events I attended at the University of Warwick which after such year of restrictions, they were extremely fun. The first event was SCLM BBQ, thought for meet students from supply chain which if you do not know it is the masters I am perusing, in this event I had the chance to officially meet some of the colleagues that I had “e-met” during our modules, it was such an opportunity to socialise during this challenging year. Although the capacity allowed up to 20 students, I was one of the luckiest one who booked it.
The event was organized by the University and was about fun, food and games; a food truck was on charge of the food, and because was arranged outdoors there were lots of games such as tennis, badminton and soccer. When I arrived (a bit late) they were gathered in a circle-shape-meeting talking and meeting each other. To be honest I was surprised about some colleagues, they looked different as I imagined in real life because our interactions had been through teams and about uni tasks, I had had few opportunities to get to know them, know about their drivers and shared how challenging the master is. It was good to connect with them and know that I was not the only one under same circumstances.
During the same month I also attended another BBQ but this time for WMG students, the idea was the same but this time they change games to live music.
As you might imagine, students from almost all courses attended, such a great opportunity to know more people, people that you might spot on campus but never had the chance to say hi.
Turns out a great opportunity to expand your network at Warwick, make friends which now are not strangers anymore, you see them at the library, and now you take 5 minutes breaks for a coffee with them.
Undeniably, I loved these events which have improved even more my summer.
Course representative experience
During all my student life since primary school, I used to be very active and always took part in student activities. I found joy in meeting new people and helping my fellow students with their problems or their suggestions to come true. And that is what I did when I joined WMG as well. I got elected to represent my course in the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). SSLC is a committee made up of elected student representatives, called Course Reps, and staff members called Academic Convenors. It is a student-led area with the aim to connect students with the staff members through regular meetings and activities.
Through SSLC, we had a chance to discuss many challenges that face students, especially with Covid 19 and the lockdown. The discussions were very fruitful and full of suggestions to mitigate the impact of this hard time and create new online and social distancing activities for the students. Moreover, the SSLC works as an area for students' voices regarding any complaints or problems. All you need to do is use the set system to put the matter on the SSLC meeting agenda, and in the meeting, you discuss the matter with other members, and you can get a prompt response in the meeting or escalation with follow-ups till the matter get resolved. Going through this experience showed how much WMG is committed to listen to the student's voices and help them get the best out of their experience.
Apart from the duties, being a course representative and especially the student experience officer gave me the chance to make friends from other departments and meet very nice people from the staff member who really made a difference in my stay here.
If there is one thing I can advise with, it will be: Get involved in as many activities as you can, build your network and make friends while adding value to your CV as well. Your stay for the academic study is good, but adding activities and network makes your stay great!
Learn more information about the SSLC from here:
My advantage... The student opportunity platform
Once you are enrolled on your course, you will receive emails from different university offices such as student opportunity and career services or the student union. Many of these emails invite you to different events specially held in the first week (aka indication week) on campus and online. To sign up for those events, you will find yourself using a platform called (My Advantage). My advantage is the platform that you can access using your ID through the university website. Through (my Advantage), you will access many student opportunities, including vacancies, appointments and events.
On this page, you can find many jobs posted from all over the world. You can search for jobs by location or job type. The page also includes opportunities for International students, competitions, open days and scholarships. Keep in mind that all those opportunities get updated regularly, so keep checking at least once a week.
This section shows all your booked appointments and enables you from booking new ones. Through this service, you can book a one to one session with a career advisor who can help you move forward and take decisions towards your career or get feedback on a job application. In addition, you can book an appointment to have advice about dissertation writing or visa and Immigration.
On this page, you will be able to find all the available events for students. The events can be workshops and seminars on certain Academic or professional skills. They can be employment fairs or employer sessions. Moreover, you can also find social events for all students or specific departments, which I really recommend for you to join to get to know more people and make friends outside the academic context.
The platform also has news and activities to keep students updated with all the available opportunities. You might feel overwhelmed by the huge number of opportunities at the beginning, but by the time you will get to know what exactly you are looking for, the platform will be much helpful. University is not a place to only study new subjects but also to prepare yourself for the future. By this platform, you will feel enabled and accelerated towards your career goals.
MY ROLE AS A STUDENT MARKETER
Yes, what you are reading right now is one of my tasks as a student marketer. Writing blog articles and posts that can make future students get a real picture of what studying at Warwick University actually looks like, and at the same time, helping yourself.
The role of the student marketer is significant, as it helps to bring humanity to the complicated process of decision-making when it comes to choosing the university where you will undertake your bachelor's, master’s or PhD; making the future student get to know the institution not from a manager or a teacher, but from another student with whom they can relate.
Especially when you are an international student or when you are in the midst of a lockdown, and it is impossible to visit the facilities and the atmosphere that they convey, having the possibility to read what other students say about their experiences is extremely helpful at getting to know the place and making up your mind. Even for the people who can visit the facilities, the work of the student marketer can be of good help too, as it often displays what cannot be seen with a mere visit, like the whole academic and social experience as such.
As someone who was at this point not so long ago, I feel great helping fellow students make their decisions through my own journey. But, apart from being something I do for them, it is also something I do for myself.
Even though it might not seem like that for most of you right now, being a student marketer has had a great impact on my life too. Documenting my journey at Warwick University makes me reflect deeply on each moment I go through much more, thus teaching me to appreciate every small detail. Besides, it allows me to keep my memories alive and saved as if this blog were my life diary at Warwick.
Therefore, I would really recommend this duty to whoever wants to help fellow students get to know our university in the way we would have liked it to be for us; and most importantly, to whoever wants to, as well, get some benefits out of reflecting on our time here. After this position, I feel that I am closer to the university than I was before and have been able to contribute to exposing all the good things that Warwick University offers students. All in all, after having been able to have such a great academic experience here, how wouldn’t I explain it to other people so that they can do too?
Based on my experience, every module last for five days (usually Monday – Friday and may vary depending on public holidays). All my modules were worth ten credit points; hence, I had to invest one hundred hours for each module and achieve the specific learning outcomes. Now, out of these one hundred hours, I had to attend forty hours of taught sessions. More or less, the days during the module week can be visualised as:
0900 Hours – 1030 Hours: First session of the day.
1030 Hours – 1100 Hours: Break
1100 Hours – 1230 Hours: Second session of the day.
1230 Hours – 1330 Hours: Lunch Break.
1330 Hours – 1500 Hours: Third session of the day.
1500 Hours – 1530 Hours: Break
1530 Hours – 1700 Hours: Fourth and last session of the day.
1700 Hours – 1800 Hours: Reflection session of the day.
NOTE: It depends on the module tutor how (s)he designs the timetable for the week, and your break timings, start time, end time and other things vary accordingly and sometimes changes on the fly based on the speed at which lectures finish.
Day One – First session is the module introduction entailing the topics covered in the module week and a quick walkthrough of the timetable. This session may include an icebreaker introduction of students with module tutors and each other for the first few modules. The second session can be a guest lecturer where an expert on the topics covered in the module will come and share their experience and cite real-world examples where possible. Mostly, during a technical module third, and fourth sessions consist of practical lab work where we explore a tool and try and implement our theoretical knowledge learnt during the first two sessions of the day. If it is a non-technical module, the module tutor will cover specific topics in the third and fourth sessions.
Day Two and Day Three – Both these days, follow the same trend as day one, except for the fact that the first introductory session is replaced with a topic-specific session.
Day Four – In a given scenario, if your grades comprise IMA plus PMA, then the mini-case study question is announced, and you either need to work in a group or individuals and present your work on the following day. However, if this module is graded purely based on PMA, this day will be the same as day two or three.
Day Five – It is a big day as you got three significant tasks: present your IMA work which consumes two sessions; receive, discuss, and understand your PMA question consumes the third session of the day; and finally, reflection and feedback that calls for the last session of the day and week.
You have earned your weekend! You need to relax, but please do not forget to start working on your PMA from the following Monday as the module is fresh in your mind, and you can get the most of it done in the following week without breaking your chain of thoughts.
An innovative learning pathway of studying Post-Graduate Taught courses at WMG, University of Warwick is to get assessed based on deliverables submitted and not dependent on written or oral tests or exams. We shall understand different types of assessment. Furthermore, different types of scenarios we should expect and, most importantly, what skills should we possess and which of these skills will get enhanced in our journey. Food for thought: To understand at the beginning of the module how will the module be assessed.
Types of assessment
Post Module Assessment (aka PMA) – As the name suggests, this type of assessment takes place after the module delivery week.
What to expect? The essence of PMA is to deliver a report based on a case study. In my case, we (the students) were supposed to be the cybersecurity specialists/professionals working in a cyber security firm and analyse the current framework, estimate, and recommend future security architecture for our clients. Please make a mental note that these clients can belong to different sectors like finance, healthcare, utilities, and many more.
Which skills get enhanced?
Interpretation – Understand the background of the case study and the question that needs to be addressed. The key factor is to understand your audience for whom is the report targeted.
Reading – Improve your comprehending skills and inculcate speed reading by studying as many articles related to the topic and pick the best ones based on your critiquing practice.
Writing – Adhering to word count, presentation in terms of the page number, header, footer, uniformed font style and size, dedicated heading and introduction and conclusion to each section.
Referencing and Plagiarism – Follow your department referencing style and all the protocols of plagiarism. Ensure you complete both the training available on Moodle.
Techno-Functional – Think like a professional technical employee possessing functional knowledge of the domain.
In Module Assessment (aka IMA) – This type of assessment happens during the module delivery week.
What to expect? Solve a mini case study, answer multiple-choice questions, group exercise or others. For instance, we have been provided with a data file to perform geospatial analyses, formulate a brief presentation, and deliver the group presentation.
Which skills get enhanced?
Presentation – Creating slides, posters, excel data and stitching the group work and verbally present the group work.
Team Player – Distributing tasks among students in the group, and then collaborating their ideas and work into a single deliverable.
Time-bound Delivery – The group tasks are designed to be completed within a dedicated timeframe and present to the board with a constraint of time.
If you note carefully, all the skills are interlinked, and you should not try and master only a particular skill or develop a specific skill-set.
What is it like to study MSc International Technology Management?
How I came to study a taught MSc International Technology Management?
Coming from a mainly business background with a BSc in German and Business Management to having accumulated some experience in the technology sector with my internships and work; doing the MSc International Technology Management was a big jump, one that I am grateful for. Actually one of the biggest factors that drew me into WMG was the unique opportunity to study a taught MSc in International Technology Management- there were not many universities doing this course. So I began my research and with further digging, talking with staff and students- I was convinced this masters would be a perfect opportunity for me to develop on my skills and learn more about technology management. Much to my surprise, this masters was much more than just technology management. It was far from what I initially thought when I thought of technology management being pretty much coding etc. however through this course I was able to truly see the bigger picture as well as the smaller picture in the world encompassing technology.
With an array of varying but interlinked modules from Technology Management, Systems Engineering and Systems Thinking to Leadership, International Joint Ventures to Managing Innovation and Change, I have truly enjoyed my time here and feel I have learnt in 1 year what I would in 2 or 3 years. To name some, from developing my design thinking in the technology management module to discovering my leadership style in the leadership module to developing problem-solving and critical analytical skills with being transported to a mars habitation project in the system engineering module; this masters journey doing this course has been a rewarding and invaluable investment. Despite the numerous opportunities and challenges throughout, it has been one of the best decisions I have made and one where I have grown as an individual and student in life.
With the 21st Century, technological transformation is rapidly changing the landscape and I feel like this course has covered:
• an excellent balance between management attributes and technology attributes giving a great overview of using technology in real-life world to steer and transform societies internationally forming business value;
• providing me with a breadth of insights into the world of technology and enriching learning experiences with applying technology in real case studies;
• practical insights with industry simulations, experienced lecturers and guest speakers from big companies to start-ups;
• developed on professional and key skills such as design thinking, emotional intelligence, communication, critical analysis, problem-solving, innovative thinking and team-playing.
I am grateful to have experienced such an action-packed, enriching and nourishing course with a lot of real-world benefits. Shoutout to our incredible course leader Angela Clarke (pictured below with some of the students from my cohort 20/21) and everyone involved in this amazing journey.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog and thank you very much for reading. Stay tuned for more insights into my time here at Warwick.
Sending lots of love and light,
Lakshika Thuthipavananathan, MSc International Technology Management student
My personal experience with WMG
Hi everyone! I hope you are all well. I would like to share of my personal experience before and during my time at WMG.
What initially got me hooked onto WMG was the amazing reputation they had. I had a lot of friends and family tell me how great and enriching their time at Warwick was; this left me wanting to go in and see it for myself. I also managed to get an offer for the WMG Excellence scholarship which is based on experience and academic achievement; I would highly recommend anyone to apply for it as it can help you as a student financially, you get introduced to a new community of scholarship holders from events and you get acknowledged.
And I am so grateful for saying yes to the once in a lifetime opportunity for I have learnt so much not only about the specialism in Technology Management and also about myself. This experience has helped me with grounding and digging deeper into my likes and passions. Now, I would like to share some top things that I believe personally makes WMG stand out:
1. Immersive industry insights and practicality
This is one of the biggest factors that I believe stood out for me the whole year of being at WMG. Right from the first day, I experienced an exciting, and action-packed sessions. With numerous industry experts coming in to talk about their industry experience and teaching us key related topics to the module; I was left feeling even more motivated, target-driven and hopeful for the future ahead. This was heightened with the online simulations of scenarios and group works that came with all the module- it truly felt like I stepped into a different world for a week or two every time a module commenced. Despite studying online due to COVID circumstances, the fact that the WMG staff were able to execute a high quality, enriching and immersive learning experience for the students goes to show how exceptional they are.
2. Diversity and building cultural intelligence
One thing I absolutely loved but was also challenged, by was working in groups with most of the students from all over the world from China to USA. In this one year I was able to build on my cultural intelligence and I am so grateful for this journey for opening my eyes to how people from different cultures and walks of life may work. Thus, I have been able to hone in on my communication, emotional intelligence and team-working skills. It has helped me broaden my mindset and truly understand the different styles of working and thinking varying countries embody.
3. Intensity and breadth
Another big skill I was able to hone in on during my year was time management and being disciplined. The structure of studying and assessment is rather different to most universities I feel, particularly from my bachelors. I was studying a taught master’s course, and we had 1 to 2 weeks of taught modules followed by 4 weeks to complete the corresponding post module assignment. Despite being challenging at first, I was able to adapt and was able to work on effectively steering change, adding positive habits like managing time more effectively, being more productive and seeking useful content.
4. The people
Last but not least, I think if it was not for the people at WMG, my experience would not have been the same. Each and every staff, tutor, guide, coach, supervisor, friend who all fell into the same category for me, helped shape my experience for the better. From the first day through my ups and downs they were there; I was able to have hour long discussions on topics of interest to clearing any doubts to having recommendations to connections, to just making my time at WMG unforgettable. I got the sense that the staff here truly cared for their students and their futures; I could tell also from the way they were in contact with alumnis and invite them to share- the stories just added up, it was beautiful. It is the staff alongside students who form the backbone of putting together an masters learning experience which I will forever be grateful for.
I hope you enjoyed my blog and thank you so much for taking time to read. Stay tuned to hear about my experience with my Masters Taught course- MSc International Technology Management. Stay health and well.
Sending lots of love and light.
Lakshika Thuthipavananthan, MSc International Technology Management student
One Day Escapes from Coventry
Sometimes, it can get a little too much. To be in the midst of deadlines, scores, lectures, the urge to do something meaningful and worthwhile, it's all one after the other or at the same time. But solace lies in your reaction to it all, to how you take charge and manage time so you get breaks when you need them. Of course it possible. Most coursework is meant to be done in a way that you get two days for yourself. So this is for those two days, for when you're new to Warwick or Coventry.
To pick the 4 most common, nearby cities that offer a respite for tired eyes, to offer an escape plan, here is a small list.
Picturesque, historic, serene - if you like quietude, feeling the bygone era, or just taking pictures, Oxford is the place for you. Redcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library, the Museum of Oxford, all these places speak a different language if you listen. I guess what I am saying is that take one of those guided walking tours and see the city, who knows what you will end up seeing or who you might end up meeting.
2. Stratford-upon Avon
A medieval town, the birthplace o Wiliam Shakespeare, this English town has a number of places related to the bard's life. If he has had a presence in your school and college days through plays and sonnets and poems, you will enjoy the common tourist spots such as Shakespeare's birth place, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Hall's Croft or even the church where he was buried.
You know how some places are just charming because they are ordinary or are a little bit of everything? That's Leicester for you. St Mary DeCastro, a 12th century church to Leicester Castle everything is just walkable and accessible. If you are the conventional family, the National Space Museum or Abbey Park are really good options to consider if you are with children.
This is probably the name you hear the moment you hear about Coventry. Our next door neighbor boasts of more gardens and museums; bigger shopping complexes, and pretty galleries. A few names that you should definitely check out and put on your agenda are the Bullring and Grand Central, Ikon Gallery, the beautiful Library of Birmingham and of course, the botanical gardens.
Pick based on your personality, get yourself a ticket from Trainline, and just get going. The city and country has a lot to offer and you are just getting started.
M.Sc in E-Business Management
Life at the University of Warwick: So Much More than Academics
We are a Russell Group university, it's true. Our courses are as rigorous as they can be. We are pushed to our limits, only to find out that they never existed in the first place. But, that being said, there is nothing that you cannot find at this campus/in your uni life to engage your mind, to get you away from studies or people or overthinking or just anything. Talk about taking breaks, this is what you can choose from:
1. The University Sports and Wellness Hub
Age, aside. Abilities, aside. This place is for everybody. For the swimmers, for the athletes, for the gym heads, for the squash lovers, for the climbers, even. I could go on, but what you should really do is walk into the place and see its magnanimity on your own. Sign up for a sport or two. Might as well let the surroundings give you the motivation that you've been waiting to find.
2. Clubs and Societies
This is overwhelming, seriously. Nothing can prepare you for what's about to unleash in the welcome week. Even more so if you are someone with diverse interests. Culture, music, languages, food, spirituality, academics, careers - these are just broad areas. Each of these areas has a number of societies in it. You just need to shortlist what you really, really want to do during the year. The choices are overwhelming but the societies and their people are not. So don't fret, just take the first step.
Okay breaks apart, the serious stuff is taken care of too. As meticulously as you can imagine. There is support for anything you need. I'll just list two common areas that I had personal experience with.
1. Careers Support:
Everything is done end to end here in terms of guidance offered. Drafting resumes, career talks, mock interviews, mock assessment centers, career fairs - you can get help with anything here. Oh, and this means one-on-one sessions too. If you're not sure what your next step should be, even if that deciding how to begin, there are sessions held for that, too.
2. Well-being Support:
There is too much happening, sometimes. Too many changes, too much to adjust to especially if you're away from home. All of us need support one time or the other. Whether you want one-on-one support on your health and well-being or just general sessions on mindfulness, sleep, this is the place to go to. All details are available on the Wellbeing Support Services website.
Whether it's work, fun, or healthy living, there is an arsenal at your disposal. Ask and you shall receive.
May you have the best.
- Kajal Manwani
M.Sc. in E-Business Management
The M.Sc. in E-Business Management Course: 2 Min Overview
If there is one thing common in all the past students of the eBM course, it is that all of us love it from the bottom of our hearts, whether we studied online or offline. And why wouldn't we? It is one of the best courses at WMG with the highest number of students enrolled and an even higher number of applicants. And the faculty is, dare I say, the best in the department. My opinion is probably biased, yet I'll try to remain as objective as I can while I write this post so you can make an informed decision. However, please do note that everything written here is my personal opinion and may not necessarily reflect the department's or the university's point of view.
First things first, let me define the course content and its suitability:
In a Snapshot:
The M.Sc. gives you a comprehensive overview of the world of digital business. If you're someone who is keen on entering this industry, exploring it from a bird's eye view, this is the ideal choice for you. From information systems and e-commerce to digital marketing and analytics, there are diverse areas that are taught from the basics to give you a flavour of what to expect once you enter the field.
When you see the past cohorts, which I totally recommend doing, you'll see that the batch is a mix of freshers and experienced across different continents. Although I did feel that the course is tailored towards giving students an introduction so it is more suited for 0-2 years of experience.
You're overall experience of the course is going to be that it's fast-paced and intense. You'll feel like you've covered topics that could be taught is a week in one single day. This is one of the highlights of this course and its strength because you cover a lot of breadth in the span of one year.
The X Factor:
The ideal balance between theoretical concepts and practical assignments is almost perfect in this course. In fact, I have probably researched digital business courses across countries - US, Canada, France, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, and the UK. This is by far one of the most practical courses I have come across. Every module has a practical exercise that uses a digital tool. The eBM team is the X factor too - all the tutors go out of their way to help you excel at the course. This is almost too good to be true.
If you decide to take this up, I'd advice that choosing the right specialism is really important. Your overall experience and the dissertation depend on this. So make sure you talk to all the specialism leads and alumni before making a decision.
Lastly, I hope you have noticed already that this post tries to touch on aspects that have not been covered on the official course information page. This just my way of sharing advice I wish I had when I began. If you're looking for facts and information, this would be the right place.
M.Sc in E-Business Management
TOP 5 TIPS TO MAKING THE MOST AT WMG
Hi everybody. I hope you are all doing well.
It is amazing how fast a year can go when you are making the most of your time here. I thought I would share some of my tips which may benefit you, from my time here.
The power of self-awareness is something that has helped me reflect, unpick, learn and develop myself during my time here. Sometimes, we go through the days without much thought to why you continue certain habits or chain of thought etc. so really digging deeper into my actions and interactions with day to day life has helped me change when necessary and improve myself. I think journaling has been a game changer and an amazing tool that can help you self-reflect and grow as an individual. Picking a good time to consistently or at least every other day journal your thoughts as much as you can is important; to see why you are doing what you are doing, expressing gratitude and brainstorming how you can improve. One of my tutors at WMG, taught me practicing mindfulness and taking some time to yourself to meditate thus being in the present can really set the tone for the day and ever since I’ve noticed a big difference. Not only is it important to take care of your physical health, but mental health is equally as important- so incorporating mind enriching activities has really helped.
2. NETWORK & BE INVOLVED
WMG is a perfect hub of numerous opportunities and enriching connections, almost like the synapses in our body being ignited with more and more you immerse yourself in the environment. The more you are involved with the university, students, modules and staff, the more enthralling the experience is. I highly recommend also joining a society or several societies whether that be volunteering, sports or academic societies; there’s bound to be something that’ll catch your interest. Try something new and the connections that stem from that are beautiful. There are also numerous events that take place in these societies, so I highly recommend this. It’s a particularly nice way to find that balance with studying and retaining information from the masters. You may even find study buddies along the way, if that may pique your interest. Don't forget to enjoy the journey and have fun on the way.
3. TIME MANAGEMENT & BALANCE
Balance is so important- managing your personal life and study life. I think creating a to do list every night before and creating timetable has tremendously helped in managing time. I make sure to take adequate break times where I would be away from the screen- so going for a walk or cooking something for example really helped with clearing my mind and recharging. Another thing that has helped me amidst the studying, assignments and modules, has been spending time in nature- whether that be go for a walk or do some yoga. I have also found exercising has tremendously improved my health both mentally and physically whilst doing my masters. I have taken up doing boxing, HIIT workouts, wall climbing, and Yoga and have felt healthier and feel my concentration whilst studying has improved.
4. EXPLORE-STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONES
Do something that scares you or something that you want to try but have been putting aback. The more risks you take the more opportunities you will be able to live and grow alongside. For me public speaking was one of my biggest fears and still pretty much is. But the more and more I pushed myself during the modules, in presenting to the class the more comfortable I became. Then I realised it is all okay and will be okay. Once we start to believe in ourselves, the world is yours pretty much. You shape your future. I am from London and exploring the midlands has been great which I will share in the oncoming blogs. If you are new to Coventry or the country I'd also recommend to explore as much of the surroundings as you can- there's so much beauty in the surroundings whether that be museums, nature trips, diverse cuisines, adventurous sports etc there's something for everyone.
5. MAKE USE OF ALL THE RESOURCES
From the lecturers, staff, students, online resources, careers service, to the library – there are plenty of resources and people you can go to for any help you need. So, don’t be afraid- there is no such thing as a stupid question. The more you seek help or discuss with others, much to your surprise you might be able to learn invaluable things that you can take for life. For example, during my time here I wouldn’t have discovered my deep passion for climate change mitigation if it wasn’t for the connections that connected me to others who had expertise in this field. The more you invest yourself in making the most of the invaluable resources at hand the more personal growth you may experience and potentially even find a future career aligned to your passion, purpose and desires.
You are what you put your time and energy into. The more you invest yourself in the masters programme and WMG life the more rewarding the experience will feel for you. Immerse yourself. I am grateful for this journey and look forward to keeping you updated with more posts.
Thank you so much for reading my blog. Keep dreaming and achieving. A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
Sending lots of love and light.
Lakshika Thuthipavananthan, MSc International Technology Management Student
A year in an online utopia
Hi everyone, my name is Lakshika and I am a Masters International Technology Management student. I am super excited to start my blog and share my experiences with you. Wow has time flown by and I can’t wait to share you my journey so far. I have now completed all my modules, post module assignments and have the last hurdle- my dissertation to go- all online.
It is nearing the end of my time here at Warwick and wow has it been a rollercoaster of a ride, not an easy road for me with COVID-19 circumstances, jump from Bachelors and balancing personal life, but it has been such a worthwhile and rewarding investment of a year which I am super proud, and grateful for. I have absolutely loved my experience and time here at Warwick and am proud of my courage, connections shared, knowledge gained, skills developed, persistence and endless growth here.
I know what you might be thinking. How did you manage a whole year of studies online? I too myself was apprehensive at first but the warming and supporting staff and students at WMG made my time unforgettable. I remember being taken aback by how immersive and inspiring the first module was and then I knew this year is going to get exciting despite being on MS Teams. With each module, I felt like I was immersed in another world with industry experts bringing motivation and inspiration with thought-provoking insights, to providing enthralling group work exercises to providing enriching insights from the lecturers themselves. One big thing that I have taken away from this journey is that our mindset and attitude towards the masters determines pretty much everything. Mindset followed by action is everything you need. Having a can-do attitude and really throwing myself into the modules and university life has made my time here unforgettable. If there are doubts ask them, if there are any discussion or disagreements you may have the more you talk with the different people, the more you can learn valuably from the different perspectives out there. From your personal tutor, to dissertation supervisor to the lecturers to the students, there’s endless opportunities to enrich yourself with beautiful minds all around.
I believe starting with why you are here and why you are doing what you are doing can help pave the way for the attitude you can be there for. I came in looking to learn new insights and develop on skills such as critical thinking, design thinking, problem-solving and communication skills; and I found the more I let my curiosity lead me, the more I learnt and developed myself as a person and achieving my goals.
Despite the whole year being online, I have managed to make the most of my time here and it wouldn’t be without all the immense support from the staff here at WMG and creating such meaningful and inspiring sessions for the students. On that note thank you to everyone involved in creating this amazing experience for me at WMG. I hope you take away a great and enriching experience in your journey here. Believe you can and you're already half way there.
Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for some more insights into my masters journey here at WMG.
Sending lots of love and light.
Lakshika Thuthipavananthan, MSc International Technology Management student
Learning Experience at WMG e-BM - Courses
The first course I took with peers from all other specialisms is e-Business Fundamental. It covered basic concepts about e-commerce. There were one or two technical courses that were hard for me to understand, but luckily the assessment did not require me to understand all of them as a beginner. One of the purposes of the In-Module Assignment (IMA) was to allow everyone to adapt to and learn how to do reference and in-text citation in academic English writing.
In terms of the Post Module Assignment (PMA) essay, it is always in the form of consulting report, requiring raising hypotheses of the scenario, stating the company’s existing problems, analysing the problems, and proposing and justifying solutions, and so on. Most of PMAs are in this mode, but sometimes it is not the case, depending on the theme.
The second course I took was Enterprise E-Commerce Solution. This course was very tight but very interesting. The lectures talked about the various solutions that the company needs when entering the e-commerce field, such as content management system (CMS) - used to build a website, and customer relationship management (CRM) – used to manage the relationship with customers and so on. Our IMA group assignment was to build an e-commerce website with WordPress (an open-source content management system) within a week. Actually, it is four to five days because we had a presentation on Friday. It sounds interesting, isn’t it?
By the way, before building a website, there is an IMA to build a case which was to prepare the website building so that everyone is familiar with various systems, website hosting and other concepts.
The last course I wish to share is Digital Marketing System and Technique. From the WMG website, I notice that it has been removed from the eCommerce specialism this year, but students in Digital Marketing Specialism will be cover similar courses. Both IMA and PMA require to create a Multichannel Marketing Campaign for a certain product of an enterprise. Various websites were used to obtain data, analyze keywords, competitor traffic, and channels which I always find funny. 😊😊
Jun Zeng | e-Business Management
Planning your Monthly Budget at University
The moment I had decided that the University of Warwick was going to be my future destination, my next task was to decide how my life was going to be while at uni. If you're an incoming student, you're probably in the same place as I was. I am from India and had never been out of the country before so you can imagine how overwhelming everything was for me. Where to live, how to travel, how to plan my budget. No, honestly, I didn't even know how much money I would need for the whole year. And because I wished I had help budgeting back then, I hope this one helps you plan your expenses.
Just like any other source, I'll divide this blog post into the main heads - rent and bills, food/groceries, commute, and leisure. So here goes:
1. Rent and bills: I'll put this first because this is the biggest chunk you'd want to set aside other than your tuition fees. Also because this varies so much from one to the other. And because you have to be really careful here otherwise this category will eat up majority of your budget. So ideally, you'd first have to decide whether you want to live alone or in a shared apartment. If you want to go for a shared apartment, how many people do you want to share with. Both have their pros and cons, but in terms of monthly expenses, living alone could cost you up to 600 a month, including bills. But if you're okay with sharing the kitchen and living room space, you could bring this down to anywhere between 350 and 500, depending on how many people you want to share with, locality, or even on or off campus. Please do look at Spare Room, Right Move, and of course, the Warwick Uni accommodation for options even at the budget planning stage.
2. Food and Groceries: Okay so this is your big chunk of expenditure, although very small compared to rent and bills. Here your primary consideration is whether you cook food or not. The more from-the-scratch your cooking is, the more you save. For instance, a meal for one you order home can cost you anywhere between 7 and 12 pounds excluding delivery charges; 5 if you are very frugal. On the other hand, cooking at home will cost you anywhere between 20 and 35 per week. Or even 15 if you are very careful about where you shop and how much.
3. Commuting: This is where your choice of accommodation plays a big part. You're better off staying at campus or at walking distance because commuting is not cheap in the UK. A day pass that allows you unlimited journeys on the West Midlands bus costs about 4, a monthly pass costs about 60. Take a look at the West Midlands Bus Service website for details. You could spend about 60-80 and get yourself a second hand bicycle to get around the city. Cheap and easy.
4. Leisure: Because this category is way too diverse to account for, I'll just add in approximations and sources to refer so you can see how you want to calculate this. If you're a traveler, you are probably better off using the train service. Check Trainline.com to see how much a trip to London or Oxford or Bath could cost you. Do account for buying a rail card that saves you one third of the fares because you are a student, costs 30 for the whole year. An evening out with friends drinking and eating could cost you anywhere between 15 and 45. Your monthly expenditure on your phone bills will be 10 minimum, higher if you want international calling and more mobile data.
That's all then. Hope this helps. Just remember that everything you'll want to buy here is available online, that means you can look at prices, store options, and availability to aid your planning process. And for everything else, there are groups of incoming students on Facebook, WeChat, WhatsApp to help you out.
As always, Good Luck.
M.Sc, in E-Business Management
Learning Experience at WMG e-BM - Overview
Hello everyone, I am Jun studying e-Business Management at WMG. My WMG's one-year journey is coming to an end, so I want to write about my experience of learning in the e-BM program.
❤❤ Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is a very special college. It has a wide range of majors, including management, business, and industry-oriented programs. E-BM is one of the business-oriented programs. Different from the traditional British business teaching model, WMG does not set examination as an assessment approach. Its main assessment approaches are in-module groupwork, post-module assignments, and dissertation. As someone who has experienced both modes, I am impressed by the way WMG assesses students because writing long reports/essays requires us to think deeply and allows flexibility in the creation of business scenarios and specific solutions.
E-Business Management is very suitable for students who transform their fields. The 4 specialisms opened by e-BM are eCommerce, Digital Marketing, Digital and Data Science, Digital Consultancy and Entrepreneurship (there are 5 specialisms this year: e-Commerce and Digital Analytics, Digital Marketing, Data Science and Digital Operations, Cloud and Machine Learning Engineering, And Digital Consultancy and Entrepreneurship) which cover a wide range of knowledge in the e-Business field, but there are overlapping courses between different specialisms. For example, the eCommerce specialism I chose has a Digital Marketing course and Big Data related course. E-BM this year provides students with more choices. I think that continuously improving the course structure and taking student feedback seriously is also what WMG has done very well.
I come across some technical concepts I’ve never heard before during the lecture 😵, but tutors will always provide us with examples to better understand them 👍. I have most of the lectures online this year. The advantage of online study is that I could go back to the recordings for things I did not understand in the live lectures.
I will talk about the courses I took in my next article. 😉😉
Jun Zeng | e-Business Management
Sustainable Fashion Event
I wanted to share my journey to London on 1st July. I visited Future Fabrics Expo When I learned about sustainable materials. This event is part of my sustainable fashion project that won the University of Warwick's Lord Rootes Fund. I found so many unique materials, and all of them are good for the planet. It was so sad when I learned that most of the clothes sold in the market are made from polyester that is not biodegradable. Most polyester will end in the landfill. I also found with new innovations, polyester can be recycled, and recycle polyester is better than the original one. One of the famous future materials is Tencel x Refibra. They are made from mixed wood and cotton scraps. It gives waste a second life which is good for our planet. In my opinion, we can change fashion as a solution to climate change by changing the way we shop clothes to be more sustainable. I think the most sustainable way is to buy second hand and not buy new clothes. But if you cannot do that, you can start to buy clothes made from sustainable materials. Besides earth, we don't have planet B, so we need to protect it because no change means no future.
Speaking about getting to the end of this amazing trip, I would like to share what my dissertation process has been so far because yes, it is a big deal. However, if you plan and manage your time, I am confident organization can help you to hand dissertation before deadline… by that time maybe there is no more modules and you can enjoy the summer in the UK. So, I would like to share some thoughts for you to plan accordingly.
1.- The sooner the better, at the beginning of the year I applied for my project, even though I was not sure 100% I think it was ok, because my supervisor guided me and helped me to narrow down and develop my idea realistically. I simply took a look about the projects, backgrounds and profile among the supervisors, tried to match them with my expectations.
2.- Be aware of tabula deadlines, fortunately, tabula is a friendly system that keeps the countdown for you, so it avoids surprises. This kept me alert about submissions and timing, so I checked it often…it helped me to balance the workload from the modules and provided me good timing to leisure as well.
3.- You are not alone, the project might look bigger than you and sometimes I did feel like it over size me but, Warwick provides good tools to support you, we have access to lots of guidance, and material they got to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask, it is better to ask and confirm rather than assume. In my case, I have contacted SPA team, personal tutor, supervisor, and classmates. The point is to acknowledge you are not by yourself, just speak up.
4.- For me literature review was the longest part, it took me several days to get it done. It is much information to process, depending on your topic so I would strongly recommend dedicating some weeks to it, I had to balance PMA’s and literature for almost 2 months.
5.- Finally, I would say we are fine as long we plan, organise and being realistic about timing. I wanted to travel and living my masters experience as well, not everything had to be work, library or PGhub, I am having fun along the process. So as ai said if you organise your time, you can achieve good results and get your qualifications.
I’ve got around 2 months more and one PMA more to hand, I will be happy to report the outcomes soon.
We are getting to the end of the masters, time flies. Today I want to share about my last module which thankfully was face to face. This year I chose Innovation as one of my two electives available for my year at Warwick, I must confess it was a great module and one out my three favourites ones, among all 9 I took, not only because we were in the WMG facilities which are just about right considering their reputation, but also the content was so interesting, the 3 lectures much experience and much knowledge to share. I explored another aspect of innovation.
As many of the modules at WMG this year, are mark with group assignments as well.
In this module I had the opportunity to work with lost of backgrounds (as usual) but this time was different as the professor formed the groups according profiles we were identified in advance.
I need to say that was an excellent group (I might say that to all of them) but what make it different this time was the every member had a different role so that really make more Organic the task to work. I had experienced before two leaders within the same assignment, so it was also fun achieve the mark expected while same roles were working at the time.
The group I worked with was actually the winner of the simulation and I said before, we could have F2F lectures so assignments groups as well, lots of fun and learning.
One of the tasks to accomplish was to build a “robot” with legos and some coding…no everybody had an engineer background so of course we did have fun figuring it out how to code while other members designed the structure, matching codes and the purpose which was to build a robot that move pieces from one place to other. I have attached a picture of our result.
Definitively Innovation was fun and organic learning.
It is Coming Home
I have been a big fan of football since I was 9 years old. My dad introduced me to football through World Cup 1998. Then, I fell in love with the games and David Beckham. It felt so surreal that 23 years later, I wore the three-lion shirt in front of the Wembley Stadium. I did not get the ticket to watch the match. Still, I was lucky enough to feel the atmosphere outside the stadium where the fan of England's Football sang "it's coming home" together. It was magical to see many people sang with passion and unison. I love the meaning of this song. It is about the hope of the England fans that somewhere England will win like England's past glories story when won 1966 World Cup. I really can't wait to watch the final match tomorrow between England and Italy. So, is football coming to home or Rome?
FOOD EXPERIENCE IN THE UK
Coming from a Mediterranean country -Egypt-, I had been warned that my food experience in the United Kingdom would not be the best, that I would miss the flavour of ‘real food’. Although this is partly true, I am not going to lie, I must say that the UK has pleasantly surprised me when it comes to food.
It is obvious that the local cuisine cannot be compared to that of Mediterranean countries, where fruit and vegetables have a much stronger taste. However, this country has something that not all countries have, which is a huge multiculturality. This mix of cultures clearly translates to the food options available, allowing you to try dishes from all over the world.
Every street you visit is plagued with different smells, so diverse that it is almost impossible that you cannot recognize one from home. This is precisely one of the best things about studying here: especially when lockdown has made us feel so far away from our nest, bumping into a familiar taste always leaves you feeling at home. At least, that is exactly what happened to me when I discovered an Egyptian food truck while wandering through Coventry and ate my beloved Koshari!
Nonetheless, streets are not the only place where you can smell the different cultures around, but also on campus. International students are a big part of the University, which again allows having a wide range of food options at reach. Every gathering with friends is an opportunity to try new food and discover new cultures through it. Needless to say that it also allows for different regional celebrations and festivities to take place, from Christmas to Eid or Holy, which will for sure bring with them their respective typical dishes!
Discovering new food through classmates and friends was what made my food experience in the United Kingdom so unique, although I should say that now that restaurants are open and we can eat out, it is also very uniquely British to eat outside while holding your umbrella because it does not stop raining. Yes, it was not very comfortable, but it was for sure unique!
Leaving jokes aside, I honestly enjoyed eating in the United Kingdom. Yes, it might not be the best all the time, but you can definitely feel at home if you try -and trust me, it is not difficult at all. Besides, the number of new things you will try every day will compensate for all the rest. All in all, what is better than that?
STUDENT LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN
Since I came to the UK to study for my master’s degree at Warwick University, I have not been able to have a very active social life. The Covid-19 pandemic made the start of my studies be 100% online, and a hard lockdown made most of us stay isolated and unable to enjoy the student life that was possible before 2020.
However, everything changed for me when on March 8th, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the progressive lifting of restrictions as part of a roadmap that would lead us to total de-escalation. Turns out my real university year was just starting exactly that day!
Since then, I have not stopped meeting new people and creating memories on campus. People that I had only watched through my computer, and who in some cases turned out to be taller or smaller than what I expected! All of us now know the immense value that social interaction has, especially for a master’s student's mental health, and could not be more committed to making the most out of the few months that we still have together.
At the end of the day, we now have to do everything we missed during the lockdown period, and we have to do it fast. For some, this might be a little stressful, given that we also have to deal with our final assignments and our dissertation, but for others, the excitement of doing new things for the first time every day overwhelmingly compensates any stress. What is true for all is that being a student after lockdown is a big rollercoaster of emotions!
A rollercoaster that takes the shape of improvised sunny barbecues on campus that always finish late; of rushed short trips to all the magic spots of the United Kingdom that we have at our reach; or of little discoveries, whether it is a new restaurant, a new street or a new type of coffee. So yes, student life is possible after lockdown; you may have to work on your efficiency when studying in the little time gaps that are left, but it is totally worth it!
Moreover, social life is not only back in our free time, but it is starting to be back at our courses too! In June, I was able to have my first face-to-face classes, and I could not be happier. Although I am sure it was a bit weird for everyone to have to dress up nicely and prepare for a real class after months without doing so, we were all excited to finally be there directly listening to the lectures, being able to interact with our teachers and working in groups again.
However, this has taken place in my last module, and in spite of the fact that I am glad that I could experience it, I am sad that my stay in the UK is coming to an end when all is starting to be up and running. Well, rather jealous than sad. Jealous of the incredible experience that incoming students will have next year! To all of you, I tell you not to worry at all, next year will be the year. Amazing student life is awaiting you at Warwick!
ESTABLISHING A NEW BUSINESS MODULE REVIEW
Today I will be reviewing one of the most interesting and insightful modules I have had as a student from the masters’ programme ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. Establishing a New Business sounded like an all-time basic. However, although being a basic pillar in entrepreneurship, the module dives into deep detail through the whole creation process, and it does so throughout three main parts.
As in every module, it is essential to start with some theoretical points upon which the practical part will be based later. Some of the most important topics tackled during the lectures were the legitimation of your business idea, the value proposition and the business process design, among others. This part only took us a few hours, being the smaller of the three, but it gave us the tools we needed for what was actually valuable: putting our knowledge into practice.
This online simulator software enabled us to put ourselves in the skin of any new startup founder for almost three days. The simulation was dividing our class into teams, each representing a bikes startup—those competing with each other for the highest profit and market share. To win, the winning team had to make the best decisions on production, distribution, marketing, sales, R&D and other business matters within the little time period that was given.
Although I remember it as a stressful experience, it made us closer to a real-life scenario. In the simulation and the real market, decisions are vital in defining your success, and you have to take them cooperatively with your team and in the fastest way possible. It worth mentioning, My team got first place, and we are getting our trophies in the next course gathering.
Business Process Design
Last but not least, we finished our module with another practical exercise, which inspired me and made me change my perspective on how to start a business better. This exercise applied a business process design, which would be displayed through a flow chart, to a startup idea of our own. But, what was really significant here is that we had to test the efficiency of our design with customers, which were our tutors, and improve it through their feedback.
Repeating the testing to adapt our design to the preferences and needs of our customers is called iteration. My group had to go through thirteen of them until reaching a point where our design was eventually promising. I learned that iterations can be the cheapest and yet accurate way to test a business idea, and I am eager to use it in my professional life in the future.
To conclude, I would like to say that this was an amazing experience for me, in which I did gain not only knowledge but also experience. Therefore, if you have the chance to take the module, do not hesitate to give it a try!
5 Money-Saving Hacks I Wish I Knew as a Student in the UK
When I came to the UK a few months ago, everything looked strange and overwhelming. From paying electricity bills to buying groceries, I had to learn everything from the scratch. Just like everyone else, I made mistakes that came at a price, both literally and metaphorically. I remember paying eight pounds just to get my groceries delivered from Tesco - four for the basket and four as delivery charges. I had once ordered takeaway from a restaurant through Just Eats paid a huge delivery fee again, not realizing that there were so many better offers on other apps. So that you don't make the same mistakes that I made, here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your monthly budget as student at the University of Warwick:
1. Aldi is cheaper but Tesco offers better quality:
If you're an international student living on a budget like I am, you cannot live here and not hear of Aldi. Rice, cereal, fruits, or vegetables, Aldi will almost always have the lowest prices in the market. Oh, but it's true that all the other major retailers like Tesco do have 'Aldi Price Match'. So here is what I would suggest: make a list in advance, compare prices online, do this once or twice and you'll be a pro.
2. Buses are cheaper in a group:
The first time I took the bus in Coventry, I paid four pounds for the day pass. It did seem like a lot for one to and fro journey, but then I found out that you can travel in group of up to 5 people for seven pounds a day. And it gets even better: after 6 pm, the same costs you four pounds.
3. Have you heard of a rail card?
A few of us choose the university based on its location only so that we can travel and explore. Luckily for us, the University of Warwick is close to some beautiful towns and cities and we've got a rail card to make travel affordable for us. So, a rail card is a discount pass that you can buy for thirty pounds to avail student discounts all through the year: you get one-third of the cost waived off when you use a rail card. How cool is that?
4. Restaurants and high-street retailers offer student discounts
This is how student-friendly the UK is. Whether you want to refresh your wardrobe at H&M or buy a smartwatch from Samsung, you get discounts as high as 20% just because you are a student. Not just that, a few restaurants and fast food chains have special students coupon codes too. If you haven't heard of Student Beans or UniDays, Google them right now! These websites are dedicated to giving you the latest offers and discount codes all year round.
5. Amazon Prime for Free
This is the best one so I have saved it for the end. You can actually use Amazon Prime for free for the first 6 months and at half the price after that if you are a student. If you live with friends, each of you can sign up once in 6 months and enjoy Prime for free as long as you can.
There are many more ways to live on a budget. Just always do your research before spending, through the deals websites mentioned above. You should be fine. Always talk to other students, join more societies, mingle as much as you can. Remember, more people, more ideas.
- Kajal Manwani
M.Sc in E-Business Management
How do you like e-Business Management course? Part 1
Almost all courses (excluding Post Module Assignments) have finished now. I feel that now is a good time to interview my classmates about their experience of e-BM this year. In the first part, I interviewed two classmates from Digital and Data Science (DDS) Specialism.
I interviewed two classmates from Digital and Data Science (DDS) Specialism at e-Business Management Program. I asked them about the overall difficulty of the course, the support of WMG, and their gains from the program.
Difficulty of DDS
The overall difficulty of DDS is a matter of great concern. Let’s take a look at what they are saying:
‘This course’s requirements on programming are high. All courses are designed for beginners; we need to keep thinking and stringing the knowledge. We need to organize the knowledge by ourselves to form a knowledge system and this is quite challenging.’
‘Seriously, I would like to say that if you a complete beginner in this field, it will be a bit difficult to learn in this specialism. The content of lectures is very professional, thus more effort is needed to understand the contents for students who are complete beginners in this field.’
Support from WMG
However, if you encounter difficulties in learning, you can always seek help from our enthusiastic tutors. Tutors’ support is sufficient at e-BM.
Siqi talked about two examples:
‘Once I did not understand the code, a tutor started a video call with me at 12 am to help me solve the problem. I also encountered problems several times when doing group work. I remember once I asked a tutor at 11 pm, to my surprise, I got a reply immediately.’
Shibo talked that students at WMG have various ways to seek support:
‘As far as I know, students have different solutions when they encounter problems. Some students prefer to solve problems by themselves, while others prefer to ask tutors. This depends on personal preference. WMG provides many channels to help you solve them. For academic problems, you can directly ask tutors and course leaders. For other questions, you can ask your personal tutor. If your personal tutor does not know, other teachers will be recommended to help you.’
Therefore, you can always get help and support at WMG.
Gain at WMG
I also asked them what they have gained this year. Here are what they said:
'I feel that I gained a lot this year. DDS specialism involves many modules that cover practical skills. Many of them are quite valuable in future work. For example marketing skills, python, machine learning, AI, cloud-native computing, etc.'
'My ability to learn is trained during the year, especially the ability to think and analyse independently. WMG does not use exams to score students. Post Module Assignment (PMA) accounts for a large proportion in every module. You need to write a long essay or report for PMAs. From my experience, writing PMAs requires an overall plan and understanding of the knowledge system. This process is very challenging and valuable.'
Jun Zeng | e-Business Management MSc
What is like to be a course rep
The first time I heard about course representatives and the Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) was in the induction week back in September. My objective since my first day at WMG was to make the most out of everything and that included getting involved in everything I could, so I didn't hesitate to find out more information about what a course rep does. Last week we held our last SSLC and I would like to tell you more about this enriching experience I've had while studying a masters at WMG.
The process to become a course rep is quite simple but you'll have to take into account a few things. First, you must be aware of the important dates, such as the nominations deadlines which you can easily find on the SU site https://www.warwicksu.com/student-voice/academic-representation/. Afterwards, you may want to prepare an appealing manifesto to convince your coursemates that you are the ideal candidate who will speak for their interests. After that, make sure you tell your coursemates about why you want to be their court rep and remind them to vote before the deadline. These small tasks might seem insignificant but they help to build up confidence and you can practice your convincing skills as well.
Once you've obtained the majority of votes and you're elected as course rep is time to begin. Usually, the SSLC holds meetings approximately every two months. At the beginning, you'll be provided with guidance on what is expected from a course rep and all the important stuff you need to know ( really easy, don't worry). In my case, the real challenge and the most valuable experiences arrived after the first term, when all of us started to feel the impact of the new Covid wave and lockdown. The meetings turned into 2-hour discussions about all the concerns students were having such as accommodation, online teaching, tuition fees, PMA deadlines and a bunch of circumstances that were quite different from a typical academic experience.
In the end, most of the situations were solved in the best way possible with some adjustments to a couple of deadlines, feedback from the SU and the university regarding accommodation fees for the people that weren't able to be on campus and improvements in the online and blended teaching. Definitely, this was an uncommon year, but it has left me with valuable learnings. I strongly believe that my resilience, my negotiation skills, my ability to speak in public and my self-confidence were enhanced by the experience of being a course rep in pandemic times.
Moving to Coventry? Here's Why You'll Like It
A year ago, when I was choosing universities for my Master's degree, one of the things I heard about the University of Warwick was about the city of Coventry. Many students I spoke to told me that Coventry is not a very fun place to live in. In fact, a few told me, when you walk around, it's going to feel like an old automotive city in ruins. So here I am, to bust those myths and how.
1. Variety to spice up your student life:
Studying at the University of Warwick makes me feel like this there is so much to see and do even inside the campus; it's a world in itself. Warwick is a campus university that has acres and acres of lush greenery, a sports complex, night clubs, cafes, beautiful lakes, and more. There is something for everybody here right inside the campus, whether you're peace lover or a party animal.
2. A super scrumptious food scene:
Studying in an intercultural environment like this one means you experience not just people but different cuisines all in one place. Coventry is home to two universities and thousands of international students. From Turkish to Mexican, Greek to Arabic, this city has options for those of us who treat eating as an experience. One Google search and few miles are all you need to get transported to another country, at least in terms of food.
3. Umpteen greenery and peace:
No matter where you choose to live in this city, you'll find a park at walkable distance. Open spaces that soothe your eyes with their green and yellows and whites, depending on which time of the year you look. Pick a book, take a frisbee, or just plug in your earphones and walk until you drop - if you want calm and peace from your daily grind, you'll find your way there.
4. Feed your travel bug:
Coventry is in the West Midlands, strategically placing it close to some of the beautiful towns and cities in this country. London, Oxford, Cambridge, St. Albans, Stratford Upon Avon, Birmingham - whether your heart belongs to a big city, the countryside or historic castles, you are only a short train ride away. Whenever you're overwhelmed with the course, take half a day out and get exploring.
In short, Coventry might not be enough on its own but the product of its experiences and surroundings are more than enough for you to enjoy your student life. Whatever your personality, this city has something for you. All that matters is what you make of it and how many memories you wish to take away. All I would say is, wear your heart on your sleeve, take in all you see, and keep walking.
- Kajal Manwani
M.Sc in E-Business Management
I vividly remember 05 October 2020 (Monday) was my first day at WMG, University of Warwick. I started my Cyber Security and Management course, after nine years of work experience, with nervousness and excitement since student life (again!) and UK University and study pattern were new to me. I echo you all in terms of cultural difference is different in case you are an international student. Apart from the lift and shift in lifestyle, I worried about what I need to do on my Day One and the following weeks and first semester?
Please keep reading, and I will narrate my experience, but unfortunately, I cannot promise you that we will share the same journey.
Before the induction week, I got a timetable for the week wherein I had to book my sessions on an internal port called myadvantage. These planned week-one sessions focused on course introduction, module list – mandatory and elective, types of module assessment, pre-requisites of technical sessions, and other social events like meeting your cohort. Irrespective of the virtual world, these sessions were planned as face-to-face and running online for virtual students.
Moving ahead in the following weeks, I was expected to complete training covering the significant aspect of plagiarism and referencing assignments. First, I had to assimilate the Harvard referencing style, followed by the University of Warwick and my department. Our course leader recommended few tools such as MindManager, Endnote, LaTex, Visio, InkJet to install and do self-learning as it will help us during our assignments.
Additionally, this period is the best time to tailor your CV and apply for graduate scheme roles. Exploit the careers team at the University of Warwick, schedule one-on-one sessions with them, and prepare yourself for the interviews. Participate in more such activities and attend seminars or talks organised by the companies that are relevant to your course and future.
Soon, I got my timetable for the entire year, excluding the elective module as the portal to choose our optional module opened by the end of November. As I had a breathing period to decide my elective modules, I scheduled a meeting with my course leader and personal tutor to understand the best suitable modules based on my background, experience, interest, and future growth.
Watch out for the space for project selection as the process started for me at the beginning of November. You will be expected to apply for different projects and attend a brief formal meeting with your future supervisor. Please ensure that you finalise your project topic and supervisor by the end of November. I managed to secure my dissertation within one week (Shhh!).
I did attend modules during my first semester, which I will be writing more in my next blog on module assessments and what happens during the modules.
SAE Social Day
You might be thinking that in a 20 (ish) person course everybody would know each other after 7 months of teaching. Well, technically yes, but is strange when you only know the voice of the person and a profile picture. As one of our course leaders said "People look really strange in 3D". Although I've met 9 or 10 people from the course before, when I arrived to the event I thought I was in the wrong place because I dint manage to recognise anybody. Which was great! because the meant more new people to meet.
The funny part was that as soon as we started talking we all recognised each other voices and that awkward felling of meeting someone for the first time evaporated. It was quite nice that also people form the staff was there to have a little bit of fun. It is great to spend time with the people that has been giving you lectures in an ambient different form the classroom (even the virtual one). Knowing a different side of WMG's academic team is quite nice since its easy to forget that online lectures are not somebody reading a script while showing a presentation but a person that is giving its best to share their knowledge and experience.
Everything started with the lunch, just as the last time, it was delicious. I really enjoyed that the central topic of conversation while we were eating wasn't the pandemic and online teaching. We were all sharing what we are expecting from the upcoming times, finding a job, travelling, continue towards a PhD. I strongly believe that being able to connect with people interested in the same areas as you is an important part of studying abroad since you'll never know if one of them can share with you the opportunity for your dream job or maybe teach you something that is going to be really valuable in your career.
After having lunch, Antony, one of our course leaders, taught us how to make paper rockets so we can have a bit of healthy competition and see who could launch it the farther. I discovered that handicrafts are not my thing but I really enjoyed watching how something as simple as folding papers can make people come together.
In the end, we just laid in the grass and talked about food and which places are the best in coventry. Wait for that blog.
P.D. remember using sunblock when the summer arrives in the UK. Even though the weather in the UK might not becropical or dry, I got my arms sunburnt (Luckily I was wearing a cap).
Online vs Face-to-Face: Blended Learning Survival Guide 101
It's been an odd year, to say the least. While most students get ready to board a plane and prepare for freshers' week events, the batch of 2021 was busy downloading Microsoft Teams and creating WhatsApp groups of various types. This batch has used technology like never before - from socialising to choosing modules to finding accommodation, the pandemic showed us that place and distance don't matter. If you want to get something done, you will find a way. And we did!
Studying online became our way of life until the government announced that face-to-face teaching can be allowed for small groups. We had to adopt again. Students who were too shy to turn their videos on, on Teams' calls had to attend classes and do their IMAs face-to-face (should they choose). Instead of sitting in the comfort of our houses, we had to show up at class - after 8 months!
We've lived the best of both worlds in the midst of whirlwinds of change. So this survival guide is for those who are yet to begin either; for those are braving change even today, as it happens; and for everyone who has to adopt to unknowns at the drop of a hat.
1. Being Open: This has been said before and yet there is need to say it, again and again. This is the only way you can be ready for what it comes, and most importantly, be happy about it. Being open means going in without expectations. Telling yourself that this is the year that will prepare you for every unexpected change so you will embrace it.
2. Unlearning before Learning: This needs to be done along with keeping an open mind. Unlearning essentially means that you leave your old habits behind, pick up new ones. Rather than basing our course of action on past behaviour, we observe the environment around us, take in as much as we can, and find new ways to find success and happiness.
3. Positivity all the Way: An age-old technique that never fails to work is looking at every situation to find the best in it. Applied to university learning this means that you see look for the benefits of online learning, make the most of them. For instance, students of face-to-face batches had to rely solely on their class notes, while we have the option of listening to lectures over and over again. Our batch is not bound by time; our time is ours to use - no travelling to university and no IMA group work till 10 p.m. Most of us were given the flexibility to organise based on our time zone as long as assignments are submitted o time.
4. Stuff the Comparison Bug: Lastly, it is for own mental good, that I say this - there is wisdom in not comparing our experience to anyone else's. We recognise that nobody else could have studied a challenging Master's degree in times as uncertain as ours and that it makes us stronger, better, that anything we could have been.
It's easy to get caught up in university work day in and day out, not paying attention to how you feel. But do remember that the narrative you create for yourself, in your mind, is the most important of all. Every situation and its possibilities are defined by what you think and feel.
So just follow these mindset changes, be conscious to your thoughts, and say yes to everything that comes your way. Godspeed!
- Kajal Manwani
M.Sc. in E-Business Management
Back to University: Doing my Master's Degree After Work Experience
If you've read my bio, you already know of my philosophy of using passion to guide all my decisions - career, life, or otherwise. After doing my undergraduate degree in Finance, my passion drove me to take up a job in writing content. Writing content for different audiences kindles a passion for marketing. Once I began understanding marketing, I became interested in business, consulting, and entrepreneurship. My interest in business led me to the Master's of E-Business Management at WMG, University of Warwick.
I guess where I'm getting at is that, as long you're following your heart, you're doing it right. Should you still need help making a decision, then I hope that this guide will help you.
1. Your Interests: We're always asked to build hobbies while growing up and they are treated as just that - things we pick up when we want to be at leisure. But with the career opportunities available today - animation, interior design, game development, social media management, Android development - anything has the potential to turn into a career. Look back on everything that you have been interested in at school, during under graduation, or even during vacation. If you're passionate the gates to motivation open for eternity. But wait, first look at points two and three.
2. Your Skills: When I decided to move from a writing career to a marketing one, or from marketing to now doing a business degree at WMG, I knew of my interests in the areas. But figuring out if I had the acumen was crucial. So I looked to see if some my skills could be transferred to the area I was aiming at, then targeted job roles or courses that built my skills portfolio further. This could be one of the approaches you could try, too. Or take up skill and personality assessments that point towards career paths. Many of them are now available for free.
3. Your Future Aspirations: While 1 and 2 are important, they serve no purpose without a vision. I'd read somewhere that we overestimate what we can do in one year and always underestimate what we can do in three years. What I'm trying to say is that everything worthy takes time to build. But both hard work and time spent go in vain without clarity on where you want to be. This Master's degree happened to me because I didn't want to be a marketer or writer. I want to be a business woman in the digital space. I first created a vision and then walked backwards to see which courses fit it.
The M.Sc. in E-Business Management is so comprehensive in its approach. It gave me the opportunity to pick an area that I loved, marketing, along with giving me the exposure other areas of digital business - information systems, e-customer relationship management, e-commerce, digital consultancy - so that I have a holistic experience of business right inside the classroom.
Kajal - e-BM
Happy Pride Month!
The University of Warwick's core purposes, namely, Research and Education, will advance and become stronger by four key strategic priorities. Inclusion is one of the priorities that enable us to gather talented and skilled students and staff from across the globe to be part of the university. Our diversity and inclusion priority aims to remove the social, economic, and cultural barriers by providing equal opportunities to everyone irrespective of their background, race, faith, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.
At WMG, University of Warwick, we firmly believe that people who define themselves as LGBTQUA+ could choose to share sexual preference or gender with their classmates, teachers, or anyone. We respect your decision if you wish to remain discreet and do not want others to be aware of your sexuality or gender. Coming from a developing country like India, I sympathise with individuals bullied by other undergraduate students, their family members, or society. I promise you WMG, University of Warwick is a safe place to be, and you will be accepted if you decide to be yourself! However, I am sure time is changing, and every country is trying its best to evolve itself in terms of inclusion and diversity.
How different are we?
We have set four themes that form social equality/inclusion equality objectives for 2020 – 2024. In a nutshell, these themes target to increase diversity, imbibe the diverse culture, and create an inclusive environment on campus to become an internationally recognised leader in education.
Formulated Rainbow Taskforce to help in the progression of LGBTQUA+ equality at the university. The advisory body makes recommendations to the social inclusion committee to represent and raise awareness of LGBTQUA+ matters and positively change them.
Lastly, you would see pride events being organised and promoted on the official websites such as the myadvantage Warwick website. Online events have an option to log in as an anonymous user if you wish to remain discreet.
We hope to sow the equality, inclusion, and diversity seed so that the professional world can reap the fruit of respect for sexuality, ethnicity, gender of other individuals. Maybe a few years down the line, we hope to celebrate each day as Pride Day and not wait for half of a year to end and celebrate Pride Month in June.
I got my first dose of Covid jab
I want to share my experience when I got Pfizer covid vaccine last week. I was scared first because I have heard so much dangerous misinformation about Covid vaccines and the side effects. I don't want you to feel the same as me, so I share my experience to let you know what it was like and the process.
I am 31, and I don't have an underlying health condition. I waited until my age became the priority. When my age became eligible to get the vaccine, I didn't wait for my GP to contact me. I booked my appointment through the NHS website for my first and second dose. I suggest you book directly on the NHS website rather than waiting for your GP to contact you. You can book your appointment here (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/).
I visited the Millennium Point vaccination centre in Birmingham on Wednesday afternoon to receive my first dose. I took the bus from Coventry, and it took 1 hour. When I arrived at the vaccination centre, the staff gave me a flyer with detailed information about the vaccine. The queue was not long because everything was efficient, thumbs up for NHS staff. I was panicked because I saw a person collapse after 5 minutes took the vaccine. Still, NHS staff was very helpful to calm me and gave me mineral water. The jab was quick and not as hurt as I thought.
I need to wait for 15 minutes after the jab, and they directed me to one of the waiting rooms. The 15 minutes was to ensure I did not experience any allergic reactions or side effects. I set a timer on my phone. When it went off, I went to bullring to have lunch. My arm just a little bit ache, but I didn't have a bruise. I went shopping before going back to Coventry. Later that evening, I felt sleepy, which is a common side effect. The next morning, my arm was not aching again, and thanks god, I didn't feel anything bad.
Overall, my experience was great, quick, not as hurt as I thought, and the side effect was very mild.
Spare time at Warwick
Being an international student at Warwick is an experience few people might say they had so you better profit from it. Finding the balance between the university life and university duties is definitively a challenge.
There are lots of activities, clubs, societies etc., as student you could join, I am sure you will not miss deadlines to join because the Student Union will inform properly about the clubs available for your academic year. Otherwise, you can access the official website and take a look. Finding extra activities you like it is highly recommended while at Warwick, because you are going to meet friends, possibly not from your course nor your department and will be the safe escape from assignments. Probably your spare time will be dedicated to it.
In my case I joined the gym, just because of swimming pool, for me this activity suits me the best and keep me healthy, you know, exercise is another source to keep good mental health. Because of my routine, I have met people from outside the university, “the pool mates” what is interesting is that they are normally people over 60’s, I find interesting how they “see us” and you know, a little of their personal experiences, tips regarding swimming or even advises to visit those places which are a treasures hidden from the tourist ads.
In general, I swim to relieve the stress from the assignments, after swimming I feel my thoughts are clearer and actually is a good idea to think in detail about anything, always my favourite place to find pros and cons to make decisions. When I feel a task, assignment, or idea is blocking me, I know how to help myself.
As I mentioned before, lots of students attend to the gym so I have met many people there, the gym is a good people to meet people interested in similar activities as you. In my opinion, their facilities are just about right. As I am only interested in swimming, I’ve got the chance to visit sauna or steam areas too, they are good.
By the time I am writing this is summertime at Warwick and at least for me has been quite hot, so one way to feel at home is swimming as my closest activity to feel the Caribbean vibes I am used to.
Perhaps the gym is not your thing, but as I said, maybe you are interests in dancing or basketball or outdoor activities. There are cubs for everybody.
Study Spaces on campus
FROM ENGINEERING TO BUSINESS, IT WORKS!
Holding an engineering bachelor’s degree and pursuing your business master degree, this is for you!
As somebody who pursues a business-related masters’ programme, I am often expected to have studied a bachelor's degree in a similar line, whether economics, management, marketing, etc. Therefore, faces of surprise and confusion usually arise when I say that I graduated in electrical engineering as an undergraduate.
It may look like these two topics, engineering and business, have nothing to do with each other. However, I am about to tell you how mistaken you are if you think the same.
First and foremost, it is essential to bear in mind that both disciplines share a common objective: to satisfy people’s needs and solve life problems. Yet, the point of divergence is only found in the approach each one uses to achieve this mutual target, which is totally different.
Engineering will strive to address people’s needs by applying all theories and tools to find a solution in the most pragmatic, efficient and accurate way. Conversely, business does not operate as an exact science, but it is social, subjective, variable, dynamic, and often emotional. Therefore, whereas technical problems will always be solved systematically, what works for a company or a market does not always apply to another -despite being very similar.
However, this opposition is what makes mixing these both fields, logics and intuition, so unique. All in all, being able to have these two perspectives makes me more prepared for the challenges of today. My background forces me to be analytical and cold, which is sometimes necessary, but my new education reminds me of the complexity and changeability of human nature. Lacking one of these abilities would be detrimental in a business context, which explains why most CEOs from top successful companies are actually engineers. But do not worry if you are not one. Analytical skills can be gained in various ways!
If you, like me, have discovered that you want to explore a different job market from the traditionally attributed to your BA; and thus, want to embark on an unconventional masters’ journey, do not hesitate to go on. Indeed, I would advise you to try different fields in each step of your educational journey. Versatile and multi-disciplinary workers are those who are more valuable and needed these days. Those who can look at the same thing with various lenses and eventually conclude which can work best in each situation.
I see that WMG is the right place for any engineer who is seeking business studies. Many of the business modules are taught by engineers who are business experts as well.. which makes you feel you are understood and well guided in your next career steps.
Thinking about accommodation
One of the things you as a new student you might need to sort out in advance is about where to live, therefore, I reckon is a good idea to share my thoughts about it.
Remember some accommodations are thought for certain students, so depending on if you are an undergrad or a postgrad student there are options available. You might go and look up on the official website, I am sure finding the correct link on the website is not a problem and information about prices, general characteristics and some pictures are available.
Firstly, I would say there is no just one perfect place, because that depend on your preferences, the things you like and the expectations of the accommodation for you.
I would say, it is important to bear in mind while applying the following:
1.- Be aware of the budget allocate for it.
2.- Think about if you like to share bathroom (you can start discarding those options otherwise).
3.- You are not living with your family anymore (they might become of course) so being respectful about everything is essential.
4.- In general, tolerance is an adjective to develop or to keep practicing because you are sharing a very important place (the kitchen) so food and its perception from some cultures is completely different.
Because I have the chance to always walk through the campus, for me, accommodations in general here are a good option. I can feel the vibes in some of the flats through their windows, this is why I presume most students love their places; at least I do, I really love the fact I was placed in Claycroft because I have the chance to live with students from different departments and different backgrounds, which have increased my chances to meet even more people. The highlight of my days is dinner with them, we have shared many days, I have learned about their cultures, family and stories which I value very much. I also have learned how to re-create some recipes from them, learning from them through their food it is very important for me.
Claycroft is now a very deep to my hearth. I have included an amazing shot from my window, is it not just great the view I have!?
Who would have thought during the pandemic I would be happy to be quite locked up… I cannot think in another great place to be during those days where I experienced everything but suffering.
Seven months at Warwick
This is the official kick off for this blog, so I wanted to share what Warwick means for me.
I must confess that it took me quite a while for this dream to come true, I imagine for most of international students it is quite a decision to make, in my case, I left my life behind so the decision was a bit scary, mostly because I was not sure at the beginning, I wanted to expand my knowledge, always aware that this would be the way I could enhance my personal and professional aspirations, however, I also knew this project might be quite hard to achieve but I recognize that the results outweigh the drawbacks we all face during the process. Now without hesitation I can say I made the right decision, I simply could not have missed this chance; as they say, “you never know what is on the other side waiting for you”, I have found new friends, enchanting places, fresh knowledge, newer skills, countless opportunities and obviously challenges.
I guess evolving requires some actions to take and in most of the cases, routines need to finish; before Warwick I used to work, my life was good but I always had the desire to achieve a master qualification, so I decided to step out my comfort zone and I commenced the application process… some months after that day, there I was, at Birmingham airport with huge luggage, inexplicable feelings and nervous for the new life I was about to start. The first thought I had right after arriving was about the students I would live with, I am not going to lie, one of my question was, “what if we did not get along well?” Friends are important in this process, luckily, I am so lucky because I am living with the most brilliant, supportive and charismatics students this year, what is even more great is that we do not share the culture nor language, so I am learning and enjoying every day with them.
Some months after that first day, 7 modules have passed, a challenging work in progress with my dissertation, lots of friends from all over the world, a perfect household, the best memories I could ever had during the pandemic, have made of me a person I barely recognize from that guy from day one finding his flat at Claycroft. The below picture was taken to remember my first week at Warwick.