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Guide to Interviews and Assessment Centres

Hi there, I’m Nicola! I’m currently in my second year studying Management with Marketing with Industrial Experience. This summer, I will start my placement year, which is incredibly exciting! To secure a placement or internship (including summer internships), most companies have an application process that includes a job application form, CV and Cover Letters, psychometric tests, interviews, and finally an assessment centre. The aim of this blog post is to share my experiences with interviews and assessment centres, sharing some tips that I have found useful.

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   April 12th, 2018    Careers, International, Lectures and Seminars, Undergraduate     , , ,


What is it like to work for the University?

Last week’s theme on our @exeterunilife Instagram account was WORKING FOR THE UNI. I asked students who work for the University or the Guild to talk about their experiences and shared their stories on Instagram. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the week along with some general information about working on campus. (more…)

   April 5th, 2018    Careers, Higher Education, International, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Undergraduate


Don’t worry, be HAPPY! :)

“Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you…”

It’s that time of term… assignments piling up, deadlines approaching, exams on the corner. Days in the library seem long and daunting and you can’t even think about Spring break at the moment. Right now, take a short break (at least to read this blogpost) and allow yourself some time to relax, smile and be happy.

On the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS, we gathered our ideas of happiness and answered the question ‘what makes you happy during this period of term’.

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   March 20th, 2018    Higher Education, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


Work abroad – all you need to know

My year in Italy

I worked in Italy, as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at an NGO. The experience wasn’t easy and I still think that studying is more enjoyable. But no one promised me that something would be easy. I’ve significantly developed myself as a professional and gained some important skills, such as flexibility, teamwork, the ability to plan and use my initiative. Also, because I was abroad, I’ve become more culturally adaptable, learnt to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds. Placement is a lot of fun as well – it gives you the opportunity to travel and to meet new people!

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   March 9th, 2018    Careers, International, Studying, Undergraduate, Year Abroad     , , , , , , , , , ,


A week in my life as a Business student in Cornwall

My week of taking over the Exeter student-run Instagram account – @ExeterUniLife.

Monday

Good ideas start with great coffee”

My first day of the week. I’m really excited to look after the Instagram account and inspired to make the most out of the next 7 days.

I spent most of my day on campus – went to the Finance lecture and seminars and stayed in the library.

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   March 6th, 2018    Cornwall, Higher Education, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Studying, Undergraduate     , , , , , , , ,


Palm trees & Snow #BeastFromTheEast

On the last day of winter, Falmouth and the whole country turned into a Winter Wonderland. As I am from a country (Russia) where snow is something completely normal, I was very excited to see the reaction of people who have never seen snow before. I was one of the of the people in my house who woke up early and saw the magical snow outside my window. (more…)

   March 6th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Undergraduate     , , , , , , , , , ,


Why I chose BSc Business Economics at Exeter

A year ago I endured the long process of choosing and applying to universities, which you may be experiencing right now. I found it very overwhelming as there are countless universities that I could consider. But, in the end there could only be one that was perfect for me. What I found very helpful was to consider all possible aspects about the universities I’d applied for – ranging from the reputation of the University to available food! The result was me deciding to take BSc Business Economics at the University of Exeter. I could list many reasons for why I chose Exeter, but here are four primary reasons why:

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   February 28th, 2018    International, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Studying, Undergraduate


My first year in catered halls at Exeter

Choosing an accommodation can be a difficult process, especially if you can’t visit the University to check out the rooms for yourself. You are left with the accommodation websiteFlickr photos and YouTube videos, which are indeed a great help to make your choice – check out this video which gives you a detailed insight into what it is like to live in Holland Hall (catered).

I opted for a catered accommodation (Mardon Hall) because I didn’t want to worry about preparing my own meals and buying all the cookware in my first year, even though I absolutely love cooking and it can be a great way of socialising as well. I did miss it but living in a catered accommodation meant that I had more time for my societies and part-time work.

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   February 27th, 2018    accommodation, International, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


10 ways my postgraduate degree is different from undergrad

It can be difficult to differentiate between a postgraduate taught course (PGT) and an undergraduate degree. After all, both are taught! But a Masters degree is quite different from an undergraduate degree. I’m doing MSc in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, which is very different from my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences.

So here are my top 10 differences between an undergraduate and a taught Masters… (more…)

   February 27th, 2018    International, Lectures and Seminars, Postgraduate, Studying     , , ,


Spending Christmas in Exeter

As a Canadian exchange student longing for some warmer weather, I was delighted to spend Christmas in the city of Exeter. Although I was away from my family I was far from alone and shared the experience with many old and new friends.

Read on to find out more about some of the activities which took place during the holiday season. (more…)

   February 20th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Undergraduate, Year Abroad


Guide to Studio Accommodation in Exeter

At Exeter, there are numerous types of accommodation available. For first years, most students choose to go for university halls: catered or self-catered. For second and third year students, it’s more common to live in a shared house or live in private student accommodation. Private accommodation includes: The Printworks, Unite Students (Northernhay, Northfield, and Trust House), Fresh Student Living (Cricket Field, Queen Street Studios), and so on. Such halls offer different types of rooms: en-suite rooms, studios, and flats. As I am currently living in a studio, this post will focus on what it’s like to live in a studio! (more…)

   February 7th, 2018    accommodation, International, Life in the South West, Undergraduate


Exploring Cornwall – The Lizard point

When you see all those beautiful pictures of nice beaches, turquoise water, massive rocks and sunny weather, you always imagine it’s somewhere far away in a tropical country, but here is an example of what you can see right next to you while studying at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. Incredible, right?! A year and a half ago, I would not believe that I would be able to see this in England. (more…)

   February 5th, 2018    Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Studying     , , , , , ,


Moving to the UK – what to expect

Moving to a new country can be daunting, but doing a little bit of research can help you with your expectations. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing what it’s like to live in the UK, so hopefully you will find this a useful guide of what to expect when you get here!

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   February 1st, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Preparing for University


Self-catered halls in Exeter

As an international student, it was not possible for me to fly over to Exeter just to take a look at the campus and the accommodation offered by the university. The accommodation website was a great help for me because it provides all the detailed information about each hall and includes high-quality virtual tours. (more…)

   January 31st, 2018    accommodation, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Preparing for University


5 steps for choosing the perfect dissertation topic

There is one moment of momentous importance that occurs in every student’s life. One of many, I should say. But a vital one nevertheless. Yes, choosing a dissertation! That moment when you’re faced with pages and pages of titles and description. And it is an important moment. Especially as a major part of your final (or Masters) year will be spent researching a topic and writing a massive dissertation on it. So it’s important that you’re really interested in that topic. When you love what you do, you never hesitate to put hours of work into it.

For many, including me, there’s no clear topic of choice. I had no idea what I wanted to do so I came up with a 5-step process to help narrow down my choices. (more…)

   January 16th, 2018    Exams and Assessment, International, Postgraduate, Studying     , ,


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