By: Oswaldo Escudero, MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Each term, undergraduate and master's students at the University of Warwick have the opportunity to attend new events and activities that have been developed as a way to know each other and have a good time. The University of Warwick is a space on campus for students to meet new friends, some for life while giving an opportunity to meet diverse people from different cultures through fun and excited activities. Students have a busy lifestyle, among all their duties and responsibilities, which leaves them little time to socialize, but with the events offered by Warwick, they can enjoy fun activities like the ones that had taken place, for example, the afternoon tea, language exchange sessions, movie nights and sports events. Each one of these activities allows students to release some steam before any deadlines or exams.
One of the activities I had try and really enjoy my time at the University was the movie nights with one of our teachers, Vagelis, which are really fun and entertaining. Let me tell a little more about it, each couple of weeks they organized a movie night where a movie related to research methods is presented. Sounds boring???... Of course, not... each time a lot of my fellow classmates gather around and enjoy the different selection of movies available. We also take some time to enjoy a snack and pizza while we talk with other people invited and get to know them. So, one recommendation I make to any fellow student wanting to do something one afternoon and don’t really know much people but enjoy a good movie, I recommend you join us in one of these movie nights and I promise you that you will have the time of your life.
Every day new activities are popping out on social media like Facebook, Instagram or the Warwick web page, just be patient and something you might enjoy will appear. Each time the students and staff are trying harder to come up with brand new activities for us students to be a participant and enjoy them as much as we can.
By: Aland Escudero Ornelas, MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
One of the amazing extra activities provided by WMG are the Industrial visits. These visits take place in different highly rank companies. The learning we gather in the classroom can be seen applied in real life in these top companies. Depending on the program the student are in there are companies more suitable for that course. However, student from different courses can join any industrial visit . This allows making new friends in the way to the company and during the visit. One of my favourite visits was to the JLR assembly line at Solihull. I was surprised and glad that our guide was a retired engineer that used to work in that plant. He told us the history of the company, and many details he lived during his time working there. Then we got the chance to watch the maintenance team change a die in their stamping department of 10 tons! That was not all; the most amazing part of the visit for me as MSEM student was the assembly line. All the robots were doing their task like dancers in a ballet with perfect coordination. Everyone was mesmerized with it. As a whole, this industrial visit help me in my further modules because the knowledge and theory was not just a concept anymore, these were activities I had seen with my own eyes. WMG had shown to have a quality education, not just by giving us knowledge but also the unique experience of being witnesses of the implementation of the latest technology. As a student, I am pleased and I feel fortunate to know how these companies work and the interaction between the departments, which someday I look to work on. Always we are waiting for the next exciting visit to book!
By: Manuela Rodríguez Melgar, Jiangling Zheng, Alejandro Fraga Eraso and Kingsley Chong
As Master’s students, it concerns us what is coming next after graduating. Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a special and inspirational lecture and networking session to learn first hand what can we expect as WMG students in the future.
We created the above video at the networking sessions so that you can hear from WMG alumni yourself, but also below are some key notes from the talk.
- Raja Adeel Khalid, Senior Operations Manager at Amazon from the 2001-02 e-Business Management cohort, share that success is not a door that needs to be unlocked, but it is the result of thinking big, pushing ourselves out of the comfort zone and being able to take decisions when required. Contrary to what we constantly hear, he suggested us to know what we do not want because according to his journey from Toyota to Amazon in his 15 years of working experience, this is what keeps us far from making the wrong decisions.
- In line with Raja, Christina Liaskou, Global Product Line Manager at Delphi from the Engineering Business Management 2013-14 cohort, suggested that WMG equip her with many tools that are crucial to face the challenges of the working environment, such as understanding the importance of collaboration and time management, as well as being part of a multicultural team. She added that the skills developed at WMG allowed her to be more competitive and Warwick’s prestige boosted her profile.
- Regarding job applications, Guvanch Meredov, Tech Product and Digital Marketing Consultant at Google, encouraged us to apply to companies that we might think are “out of our league”, regardless of our nationality. He confessed that as a non European, he felt intimidated but his experiences proves that it is possible for international students to hold a position in leading companies in the UK. But that does not mean it is easy, he added that he got many rejections before Google’s offer and therefore, it is important to avoid giving up, work hard, but also, have fun while doing so.
We really enjoyed this event and felt very inspired from the life lessons we heard!
By: Oswaldo Escudero, MSc Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Management
Studying abroad has always been my dream, and to develop myself more and more academically has become my passion. I have been living in Coventry, UK for more than 3 months now and it is the best experience I had since I am fulfilling my personal goals of getting to know another country, its culture, traditions, language, places, and food.
Studying Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management (MSEM) at the University of Warwick within the WMG has taught me so much and I still need so much more. Being in one of the best universities in the world for engineering and within one of the top 10 in the UK completely meets all my expectations and even more. The first time I took the tour through the facilities of WMG I was totally surprised, I had no words to express what I felt for the excellent and innovative infrastructure of the school and also studying an MSc here has allowed me to meet and make great friends with people from so many different nationalities who have another way to see the world due to their background and culture from which they come. This fascinates me because when I go to the manufacturing department and just walk through the hallways you can listen to the diverse languages that are spoken and I just think that with the help of all of those people we can achieve a greater knowledge for the country and the world.
The last months that I have been studying at WMG I have learned so many things and it has given me a new perspective. Firstly, adapting to a new work environment where your native language is not spoken, where a different learning system is used and I believe better since Warwick has great learning modules taught by some of the best professors worldwide. Many ask me what is the most difficult part of studying for a master's degree? To which I respond enthusiastic, the number of books and articles I have to learn from, read, research and write about. But it is all part of a process of personal improvement in which a new mentality is acquired which allows you to exceed your limits and reach new academic levels turning someone into a more competitive person in a working environment. Secondly, the MSEM course focuses precisely on giving me a new mentality to manage the resources at my disposal and get better results in the varies companies. All the knowledge that I acquire from the modules is directly applied in the industry with clear and practical examples to be complemented with the vast experience and knowledge of the work team at Warwick University.