Barbara’s Postgraduate Taught Scholarship enabled her to throw herself into her studies and the social and networking opportunities on offer here at Cardiff University. She is currently studying MSc Human Resource Management
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
“The programme is a combination of both theory and practice. Lectures mostly provide theoretical grounding, whereas during tutorials we tend to practise on case studies. When we talk about some Human Resource Management practices we discuss them in reference to real life examples of organisations. During tutorials we are often expected to work in teams and at the end present our work to the other groups. I find that teaching methods were useful because it makes me notice how the covered material can be applied within organisational environment. Moreover, lecturers and tutors are well-prepared and successful in inspiring interest in the subjects they lead. In addition, having classmates with diverse cultural and educational background is a great advantage.”
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
“Thanks to the financial support I was able to progress with my studies straight after completing my degree. Having received the scholarship gave me the confidence to start the course this academic year as being a self-funding student I was worried that I will not be able to support my studies. Considering my experiences in Cardiff University, I feel grateful that I was given the opportunity to start this year. It has been a very enjoyable experience which has significantly influenced my self-development.”
Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?
“I am working in a restaurant in order to cover my costs of living. Recently, I have been informed by Cardiff University staff member about another scholarship for master students and I am in the process of applying. Having found out about various student facilities and organisations running in the university, I think that I could contribute more if I invest more of my time in extracurricular activities available rather than work which is not directly related to my desired career. Therefore, I am looking into alternative means of funding so that I can take the most of my time in Cardiff University.”
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
“I decided to study MSc in Human Resource Management because I am interested in this subject area and I felt like I need a transition in my career. The fact that the course is CIPD accredited has also influenced my decision. I am hoping that the master degree will help me to have a successful human resource related career in the future.”
Why did you decide to do your postgraduate degree at Cardiff?
“I decided to do my master degree in Cardiff due to the fact that it is a capital city located within an English speaking country. Moreover, I have visited Cardiff before a few times and I spent here my gap year. Therefore, I expected the academic environment to be culturally diverse and I knew that Cardiff has an opinion of a student friendly city. I thought that studying through medium of English in a multicultural country will add an international dimension to my education which could give me an advantage in a competitive job market.”
Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?
“The first highlight was a trip to Gregynog with my classmates. The trip was a positive surprise as before induction week I did not know that my course involves any classes outside Cardiff. Three days spent away in a historic residence gave me a great opportunity to get to know my classmates and two of the teachers. The workshops and teambuilding activities that were the main part of the trip programme were also very engaging.
“Another important experience was attending skills development service sessions on communication which helped me to be more confident while presenting and speaking in English. In addition, after taking part in the sessions I am being sent to emails informing about current Skills Development Service courses and related to personal development events. Thanks to that I was able to attend an Innovation Network event and listen to the inspiring speech of a successful British entrepreneur.
“Next thing that stood out in my experience was a trip to Edinburgh with the Erasmus Society. I am glad that I had a possibility to visit this amazing city and make friends at the same time. I joined the Erasmus Society at the beginning of my course because I took part in Erasmus Student Network activities during my undergraduate degree and I really enjoyed it. Having taken part in several events and trips for exchange students and having experienced how Erasmus works in Cardiff I am planning to get involved in organisation of events and social activities during next semester.”
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
“I believe that the fact that Cardiff is a capital city has a great impact on overall student experience. The city is entertaining and busy but at the same time it is not too big and most of the attractions are available within walking distance. The size of a city can be an advantage particularly for foreign students as it is easy to learn where the key locations such as university buildings, libraries and shops are situated.
“In terms of facilities, I particularly like the Students Union facilities. I think the Graduate Centre is a perfect place for postgraduate students for individual and group work as well as for socialising events. I use their computer facilities whenever I am writing my coursework and I have used the meeting rooms several times to do a group project. I also attended Postgraduate Meet and Mingle and Quiz Night events during the Welcome Week that took place in the Graduate Centre.” (Ed: Full details of their events can be found via the Graduate Centre Facebook page).
How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?
“I believe that the skills and knowledge that I acquire in the course of my studies definitely increase my employability. I feel that studying in Cardiff University helps to develop transferable skills, such as team working, presentation, time management and critical thinking. Cardiff University also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and career development support.”
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?
“Studying in Cardiff University has exceeded my expectation. It has been a very busy, intellectually stimulating and entertaining experience so far. I was surprised to discover how much the institution has on offer. Great student facilities and study centres, well-equipped libraries, excellent teachers and administrative staff support, number of existing societies and student led projects are only some of the advantages.”
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