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May 08, 2015

How easy is it to get a job after my studies? – A Blog by WMG Student Mattia

Mattia Mattevi

I was asked to write a blog about the difficulties (or not) in finding a job after the Masters course at WMG. I am Mattia, and I commenced study at WMG on the MSc in Supply Chain and Logistics Management (SCLM) after more than 5 years of work experience in the financial and banking industry in London and in Italy (my own country).

I decided to change my career because I did not fully enjoy what I was doing in the banking sector, and I thought (before starting the masters), and I now strongly believe that Supply Chain Management and working for a manufacturing company is what I would like to do in my future career.

Coming from the “professional” world, as opposed to being a new graduate, probably helped me in understanding the mechanisms and the factors that can improve the chances of getting a job. Here are my 'suggestions'. Before though, I would like to stress the fact that everyone has different backgrounds and skills and probably different approaches to this, but I hope that my experience can help in having a different point of view on this matter.

I believe that there are four elements that contribute to successful job hunting.

1) Know yourself and what you are looking for: Easy to say but more difficult to do. It took me 5 years to understand what I like and do not like in a job/industry, and 3 different positions and companies. Nevertheless, my suggestion is to try to explore during the masters what you are good at and what you enjoy e.g. do you enjoy more of the ‘strategic/planning’ bit of a task, or more the ‘analytical calculations’ of it? It is likely that what you liked during the masters might also be what you like in your job. Try to focus on positions/jobs that reflect your attitudes and liking. For example, during my career in banking, I was a consultant doing regulatory issues/project management activities on one side (more of a ‘soft skill’ job), but also I was involved in risk model building and assessment (more of an ‘analytical’ job). This allowed me to understand that I much prefer analytical roles, thus my research for a new job has focused on the latter.

2) Have a CV ready at the highest standards: This is very important, as it is the starting point of your application process
(see point 3). Due to the fact that I came from a professional job, I already had a CV which I believed was a good one. Nevertheless, I decided to attend some of the 'Student Careers & Skills' services seminars, in particular how to build a CV and a Cover Letter, and some one-to-one sessions to assess the quality of my CV. This was very useful and allowed me to modify my CV to be in line with the UK market expectations.

3) Start early and be proactive: I started to look for a job in October when the Masters commenced. This is because the majority of the best/largest companies begin to select graduates from November/December, for positions starting in September the following year (a few weeks after the end of the Masters course). I see three benefits in starting early: (i) you have not fully started with your project, thus you can dedicate time to job hunting; (ii) more jobs are available, thus more choice and probably less competition; and (iii) you start to get a grip on the kind of selection process that UK companies employ - which can be very different to what you are used to in your home Country (this is certainly true for Italy) - such as CV screening, competency questions, on-line tests (numerical, psychometric, verbal reasoning, etc.), phone/video interviews, and - most importantly - the final assessment centre. Because this is a very intense and challenging process, the more you ‘practice’, the better you become. I started in October to send out around 20/25 applications: some did not pass the first stage (CV screening); some passed few stages, and only few ended up with an assessment centre (2 to be precise). The point I want to make is that, the more you apply, the better chances to get into the final stages and thus securing a job very early in the academic year.

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4) Seek help from the WMG and Warwick support functions if needed: I have already mentioned the 'Student Careers & Skills', but inside WMG there are other source of information and support available. WMG actively look out for job opportunities for their graduates and email out about opportunities that you can apply for. They also organise employers to come and present to students at WMG about their company and job opportunities. Plus we’ve had Alumni visit WMG and tell us about their work experience since WMG.

In conclusion, you would wonder if this approach paid off. The answer is yes. I was lucky enough to secure a job as supply chain management graduate for a large UK manufacturer/retailer before Christmas, starting in September (just after the end of the Masters course). This provided me with the tranquillity to focus on the academic side of my Warwick experience. It was not easy though. In November/December I had nearly 10 jobs application process opened, and I had to do all the tests, phone interviews, and assessment centres which required a good amount of preparation. This, on top of the Masters work, proved to be very challenging, but I believe it was worth the effort. I have some colleagues that also started early and they secured jobs months before the end of the Masters. I would say that the key elements of my job hunting was seeking help and support from the University but, most importantly, being proactive and not expecting that jobs will come to me without putting in the required effort.


July 05, 2013

Me and MBE; Reflections of WMG Graduate Rasmus Gejl Kristensen

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/courses/masters_management_business_excellence

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I've recently been in communication with WMG Alumni . Rasmus commenced study at WMG on the MSc in Management for Business Excellence (MBE) following completion of his B.Eng. in Global Management and Manufacturing engineering at Aarhus University in his home country of Denmark.

He thoroughly enjoyed his graduation ceremony at Warwick in January and has since written to us to share his thoughts and experiences of his time studying the MSc in Management for Business Excellence and how it is helping him now in his career.

Here's what Rasmus had to say...

It was really nice being back for the graduation, which for me was a very memorable experience. I have never experienced anything like that before. The atmosphere around the whole ceremony really made me feel proud of my accomplishment.

Since completing my studies at WMG, I found a job as a Production Engineer at Siemens Windpower where my role is to develop new production concepts and introduce new products for production. It's a role where one of my main responsibilities is to link everything together into a whole assembly concept. I have to 'translate' what is being done at an engineering level into a manufacturing process with quality standards, assembly equipment, operators etc. and all with a sound and robust business case.
Additionally my role is to work as a consultant which means I also have to bring in new knowledge and thereby increase the existing level of knowledge within the department who hired my support. In other words I have a clear customer supplier relationship, internally speaking, where I need to produce excellent products in the shape of assembly concepts for my customer to buy.

Since starting my job and undertaking my responsibilities, it's really brought my mind back to MBE and its learning environment. We had to solve a problem by gathering knowledge and bringing it all together in a group presentation. The level of our results highly depended on our skills and ability to work as a team, which involved all sorts of challenges. I knew from what I was told, that this would also be the case when we got a job, but I did not really believe it. I'd thought of a job as being different because you have the risk of being fired and other factors such as being paid - things that made me doubt that working in a job-team would be as challenging as an MBE team. But now I've come to realise that how we were learning on the course really is true to life as to how things are in industry. I have the same challenges in my job team as in all the MBE teams I was in.
So did MBE provide me with the skills to handle this? The answer would be yes and in two ways; firstly the whole method in how we learned without having any 'lectures' as such and secondly the post learning reflection through blogs. Nobody is telling you what to do or how to solve the problem. Instead it all depends on your abilities to gain knowledge from different sources and bring it all together for a robust solution. In this process you will hit some obstacles in different shapes which I personally overcame by reflecting on the situation as we did when blogging about MBE.

Rasmus Gejl Kristensen Class mates

I surely enjoyed my time at Warwick in the MBE environment. It was hard and required a lot of work but at the same time it was fun. And that only becomes better now in knowing that my effort is being acknowledged and utilised in my current job. One thing I'm sure of is that if you enjoy working in the MBE environment, you will love to work in the real life. In industry, you do not have the same level of a 'safe environment' that you have throughout the learning on MBE, but now in the workplace, I have already been praised for how I work and that is basically just for being a MBE student.

I want to say thank you to the Course Leader, Paul Roberts for all the guidance throughout the year and for his inspiring personality.
I am really happy about my current situation and my choice of taking MBE as an M.Sc. I don't know what the future will bring, but I know I will be ready and I'm looking forward to it!


You can read more about Rasmus's story on his Alumni profile.
Rasmus is open to questions, so if anyone would like to know more about his job or how MBE has helped him, feel free to leave me a comment and ask.




May 25, 2013

Deutschland Bound – Masters (and More!) in Germany

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/

Last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to take a short journey to our not too distant neighbours in Germany. WMG were participating for the first time in the 'Master and More' fairs that are held in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and there's even one in the UK.

But my interest on this trip was to speak to our prospective German students who may be interested to study in the UK. I think many people have heard of the phrase 'German Engineering' as Germany has become known over time for it's credibility in the Engineering field. As a key industry in Germany, engineering is a popular subject for students at German Universities and following on from an undergraduate degree, a Masters Course at WMG would compliment an engineering undergraduate degree perfectly.

Building on the technical expertise learnt at undergraduate level, WMG Masters courses look still at engineering and technological fields but from a management perspective, giving students skills and knowledge to not only work as technical specialists but to take their career to a management level.

The Master and More Fairs in Germany we're held at the Hannover Congress Centrum in Hannover and at the Globana Trade Centre near Halle/Leipzig.

I have to say that whilst being that I was in Germany, I was in no way surprised, yet was very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the Master and More fairs. The set up was good with a good programme throughout the day for visiting students. I met a range of prospective students on the WMG stand and I have no doubt that as a prospective student, the fair proved to be a fruitful experience in exposing students to the study opportunities available.

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Our new MSc in Digital Healthcare proved to be a popular choice especially suited to those with a Biomedical Engineering background or for those from the healthcare industry, and I was happy to be joined in Hannover by the Course Leader Dr. James Harte who presented at the fair to a number of students. If you missed the presentation on the day, you can view the presentation here.

Also joining me on the stand in Hannover was WMG Alumni Jan Ruecker. Jan completed the MSc in Management for Business Excellence (MBE) in 2011 and following what he describes as a "great experience" , Jan was happy to talk to prospective students about his time at WMG. Whilst I can talk to students about their options, Jan was undoubtedly the most popular on the stand that day, talking to students about not just the course but the whole student experience at WMG and Warwick. You can read about Jan's story here. Danke Schoen Jan!

You can read a bit more about student's on-going journey on the MSc Management for Business Excellence on the MBE student blogs on which students reflect on their learning experience as they progress through the Masters course.

Following on from Hannover, I took a cross country journey on the incredibly efficient German train system (top marks Deutsche Bahn website!) to Schkeuditz West for the fair at the Globana Trade Centre. Recruitment and Marketing Manager Cathy Fawcett joined me here and participated in a Q&A sessions on Study in the UK.

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On a side note, I have to add at this stage what a beautiful location the Globana Trade Centre is set in. I enjoyed a breath of country air and a quiet walk each evening in the warm sun through the yellow fields of oilseed rape.

Then on Friday it was homeward bound, I once again went cross country and a few trains, planes and automobiles later and was I enjoying a nice cup of tea to end an enjoyable trip in Deutschland.

If you attended the Master and More fairs, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts and if you have any other questions about studying at WMG, feel free to ask.


January 21, 2013

Success Stories of WMG Students 2011–12

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/newsandevents/

This week over 600 WMG MSc students from 2011-12 academic year will be celebrating their success and officially receiving their awards from Warwick at their graduation ceremony. At WMG, we are delighted with each student’s success. But sometimes students go beyond their MSc and receive recognition for their hard work in other organisations… Some of this year’s success stories include:

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 Carlos Serra

MSc Programme and Project Management student Carlos Serra, won the 2012 Postgraduate Student Award by The Association for Project Management. Carlos’s winning paper entitled “The influence of Benefits Realisation Management on the success of projects in Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States of America” was part of his MSc project dissertation.

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Ploytip Jirasukprasert

Ploytip Jirasukprasert, MSc Engineering Business Management student whose paper "A Case Study of Defects Reduction in a Rubber Gloves Manufacturing Process by Applying Six Sigma Principles and DMAIC Problem Solving Methodology" written jointly with her supervisor Dr Jose Garza-Reyes, won the "Best Track Paper Award" under the Lean Six Sigma category of The 3rd International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM). The paper formed part of Polytip’s MSc dissertation.

MSc Engineering Business Management student Mitul Devpura , has also been credited for his research that he completed at WMG as part of his MSc project. His paper entitled ‘Exploring the Application of Quality Improvement Programmes and ISO Standards in the Indian Marble Mining Sector’ has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM).

Here is an abstract from Mituls' paper summarising the main points…

Mitual Devpura
 Mitul Devpura

“In this era of globalisation, as competition intensifies, providing quality products and services has become a competitive advantage and a need to ensure survival. To ensure such competitive advantage, organisations of different industries around the world have implemented several quality improvement programmes like ISO, TQM and Six Sigma. This paper explores the application of quality improvement programmes in the marble mining Industry of India."

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Joong (Kevin) Lee


MSc Engineering Business Management student, Joong Lee’s paper entitled ’A comparative study of the implementation status of Lean Six Sigma in South Korea and the UK’ has been accepted to be presented and published in the 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM) that will be taking place in in Portugal in June this year.

Here is an abstract from Joong's paper summarising his research...

"Fierce competition and more complex customer needs and demands have forced organisations to continuously improve their operations and the quality of their products and services. Over the last decades, two of the most popular and effective strategies used by organisations to achieve such improvements have been lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. However, as competition and costumer needs and demands evolved and increased, the quest for even more efficient operations and higher quality products and services resulted in the integration of these two strategies to form an improved approach known as Lean Six Sigma. This paper investigates and compares the implementation status of Lean Six Sigma in South Korea and the UK"

In addition to excellent publications and awards, several of last year’s MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship graduates are well on their way to establishing their own companies, which were designed and developed as part of their MSc studies.


Elsewhere in WMG...

And it’s not only our MSc students who have been making us proud this year. Success was also seen in other areas of WMG research and education too…

Warwick Robotics Team

Warwick Mobile Robotics team were winners at the European RoboCup Rescue Championship. The eight-strong team of WMG and School of Engineering students won special awards for Best in Class for Mobility and Best in Class for Manipulation at the four day competition in Germany and were crowned second overall in the competition.

EVGP Team

WMG engineering students were named joint winners of the international Electric Vehicle Grand Prix held at Indianapolis. After an action-packed contest, the Warwick Racing team crossed the line in third place, earning them enough points to be crowned joint winners after they were placed second in the outreach competition and fourth in the design competition.


A team of Engineering Doctorate students from WMG took first place in the West Midlands heat of the Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Engineering YES). The competition is for UK-based postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present a business plan for an imaginary start-up company to a group of shrewd investors and industry experts.

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Congratulations to the above and all our students who worked hard over the past year who we welcome back to Warwick this month for their graduation ceremony. We wish you every success in your future careers and look forward to maintaining strong links with you as Alumni of WMG.


October 23, 2012

US Students in the UK

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/newsandevents/

Following on from my previous blog, it got me thinking as to why US students should study in the UK.

Now, there is no denying that the US is a big place with many study opportunities on the doorstep for many prospective students. But isn't that in itself a reason to travel further afield! For most students, it's a time of life with few commitments, a time before you get the mortgage, the family and the career. A time when travel is possible and experiencing the world and different cultures can be reality.
And across just a short stretch of water shall we say, the UK is waiting to offer you all of these possibilities.

But Why the UK?

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Let's start with language barrier. What language barrier I hear you say! Indeed, for American students considering studying abroad, the UK offers this wonderful opportunity to undertake study without the further challenge of studying in a new language. The only thing you'd need to worry about is which 'biscuit' the have with your Starbucks! But if you wanted explore languages whilst studies, the Language Centre at the University of Warwick offer some great oppportunies.

Then there's the course length to consider. The UK is well known for offering quality education and having a degree from the UK is considered well in the job market. But a real benefit is the time you spend studying. In the UK, Bachelors degrees are generally only 3 years long whilst Masters degrees are generally only one year long. Take a look at the Masters courses that you could accompish in a year with WMG and get a head start in moving towards your chosen career.

Finance and Fees - The million dollar question! Fees can vary in the UK and there are often scholarships available. But the big 'win' here is on living costs. Because courses are shorter than in the US, you need to finance your living costs for a shorter period of time and so can save on expenses.

Entry Exams - GREat! I understand it to be quite common in the US to ask for entry exams before commencing graduate study such as the GRE. Whilst the GRE is required for some courses in the UK, most courses do not require it. None of our courses at WMG require the GRE. We look at your academic background, e.g. subject and final GPA in your bachelors plus a good personal statement. For more information on WMG's entry requirements, check out our application page!

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Travel the World! Well at least Europe for starters! Europe is such an interesting place, with so many countries, all with different cultures, foods, traditions and wonders to experience. And during your time in UK, you could not be in a better location to do a bit of country hopping. With most countries just a few hours flight and competative flight prices, short breaks to exciting destinations are an easy option for some time out during your studies! WMG graduate Derrick from California mentions some of his experiences on his profile and check out Lonely Planet's guide to Europe for more information.

Have a Royal time! You can't fail to hear a bit about our Royals whilst over in the US. There was no shortage of news on Kate and Wills whilst I was there! So whilst in the UK, do as one must! Visit our capital, see the palace, watch the changing of the guards and breath the fresh air of our lakes and mountains in our green and pleasant land. There are many places just in the UK to experience. We are so much bigger than London!Europe Collage

I've just touched on a few reasons why you should consider the UK to study. Other top words would be culture, diversity, tolerance, freedom, homour, creativity , heritage, environment and even our weather makes for a good study environment! You can find out more on the Education UK website.

 

If you want to be the big fish in your career, take that trip across the pond!

If you're a student in the UK and have other ideas as to why study in the UK is great, leave us a comment!


October 05, 2012

WMG go Stateside!

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/newsandevents/

Yes that is right! This September WMG widened our wings and travelled to the big US of A to meet American students and tell them a bit more about possible study opportunities in the UK.

It all started in the fabulous New York City! My first introduction to the Big Apple was the incredible Manhattan skyline as I flew into Newark airport. It's a sight of wonder that wouldn't fail to entice any viewer into the depths of the city streets overlooked by the towering skyscrapers.

But it's not all awe and wonder for this trip - I had a busy schedule to keep! My working week started with a meeting with Dr. Silverman, head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering at Manhattan College. Manhattan College is beautiful 4 year college located in the Bronx. Thank you to Dr. Silverman for the tour of the beautiful campus and talking to me about the aspirations, activities and learning experiences of the student body at Manhattan College.

Then it was straight back on the train into the heart of Manhattan to attend the Idealist Grad School fair hosted by New York University Graduate School of Public Service. This was my first fair in the US and it was great to speak one to one with American students about their prospects. Something that stood out to me was the confidence and positivity of each student I met. Whether they were not quite sure what their next step was or they had a subject that they were passionate about, a contagious enthusiasm came through.

Warwick Stand

Idealist.org Grad Fair 2012 from Idealist.org on Vimeo.

Next day, I was off to NYU-Poly to speak with the Director of Careers Centre, James Sillcox. James plays a key role in advising students of their next steps, whether it is work or graduate school. As people and companies aspire to become global, universities encourage students to gain that global perspective through their studies. NYU-Poly students may wish consider furthering their education at WMG in the UK, which offers relevant subject choices to gain not only knowledge and skills but also an international experience before they are faced with similar cultures in the working world. Pick up a WMG brochure in the NYU-Poly careers centre or take a look at WMG Masters courses on our website.

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Then Saturday morning came, as did my desire for a good cup of tea! You can take the girl out of England but you can't take England out of the girl! So whilst I'm a tad ashamed to admit it, I visited my old faithful 'Tea and Sympathy' in Greenwich village for a good English breakfast! If you want a taste of Great Britain in the big city, a visit is a must!

English Breakfast

Then Saturday afternoon, it was back to work for the QS World Grad School Tour at the Hilton New York on Avenue of the Americas. I met a number of students at this fair interested in WMG courses including the MSc Digital Healthcare, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MSc Engineering Business Management to name just a few!

New York was a busy time and my trip along the east regions of America took me onwards, to Washington DC where I was accompanied by Warwick Graduate and current White House Employee Andrew Terrell!; Boston where everybody knew my name and Providence where I stopped talking to prospective students just long enough to entertain a little magic of the Big Bang Theory, at the Cheesecake factory!

World Grad School tours and Idealist Grad Fairs take place in various venues across the US and throughout the world. To ensure you don't miss us when we visit your country, keep an eye on news and events page!

If you met me at a fair in the US or are considering study in the UK, I'd love to hear from you.

Please leave a comment and keep an eye out for my next blog entry about the benefits of studying in the UK for American students.


July 20, 2012

Celebrations at the WMG MSc Student's End of Year Ball

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/

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Last Friday was an evening of celebration at the WMG Student's end of year ball! The ball was a great event organised by the WMG student society as it was felt by a number of students that a get together and celebration was deserved.

Over the past 9 months, students have been exposed to interesting new ideas and theories during the teaching of their modules and their thought provoked minds have been working hard as they read and write for their post module assignments. But the end of June signifies the end of modules and as the last few months of intensive project work is upon them, a night off was due!

The ball was a great occasion held in the beautiful setting of the Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa. As we sat down to our three course meal, conversation ran, new friends were made and the art of origami was practiced!

At WMG, the student and staff team form a really international community and it was delight to be in the midst of just a small part of the community on that Friday evening.

There were tuxes and ties giving James Bond a run for his money. And the array of dresses long and short and styles that filled the room were a delight.

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As I sat down at my table, I was impressed with the thought and detail that had gone into the occasion. Each person had favours, sweets, bubbles and games. It wasn't long before our highly motivated (!) table started on the Origami boats, frogs and flowers! My persistence on that darn flower earned me some respect on that night!

After dinner, we enjoyed some interactive games: heads and tails, loudest table (well done table 7 for the initiative on the popper usage! You were winners in my eyes) and of course the origami competition - well done team! Our motivation paid off as we were announced winners on that one!

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Then brains had been challenged enough, we were left to dance the night away in the tropical garden surroundings!

A big well done to all the WMG students for their hard work so far this year and the over the coming months and loads of luck to you all the in future!

To see more pictures from the ball, check out us out on Flickr or if you were at the ball, leave us a comment and tell us about the night!

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June 07, 2012

Dr Hadi Abulrub Inspires Success in Jordan

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/newsandevents/

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I recently had the pleasure to meet with WMG Research Fellow Dr Hadi Abulrub- 'Hadi' about his recent trip to Jordan to meet with young motivated individuals who wanted to learn more about how to succeed in their future careers. Hadi has worked hard and gained an array of experience to be in a great position to share his knowledge with others. Prior to his current research in 3D Visualisation at WMG, Hadi completed a PhD in Engineering and a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma in Management and Leadership and so benefits from both academic and business skills. He has also done previous recruitment trips to the Middle East and even initiated a scholarship scheme for Jordanian students coming to study in the UK.

As a proud representative of WMG, by his own initiative and organisation and supported and sponsored by WMG, Hadi wanted to visit home country to share his knowlege.

On Saturday 12th May, Hadi hosted 'Uncover the Ingredients for Success' a full day of workshops and presentations to an audience of prospective students and motivated young individuals. The day proved popular with over 145 people registering to attend.

During the day, Hadi gave a number of presentations about WMG and the Masters programmes available. He also spoke about Innovation in WMG and the Visualisation and Metrology Centre in which he performs his research. A very important topic to prospective students is also scholarships and Hadi gave great advice on where to find scholarships in the UK, how to prepare a good scholarship application and writing a good CV.

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But Hadi's main aim of the visit was to teach key skills to succeed. With this in mind he gave a presentation on 'Leadership: The Tool for Successful Entrepreneurship' and set the attendees to work on interative tasks including working on case studies, group discussions and question and answer sessions on Leadership and Management skills and success in business. There were also fun drawing activities to demonstrate perception, essential communication skills and writing SMART objectives to apply to goals, measure success and re-evaluation and self development in life and in business.

I spoke to Hadi before his visit and I remember him telling me that he not only want to share his knowledge and teach skills, he wanted "to get into the hearts of people" so they can understand and share his passion.
He wanted the day to not only be about teaching but for people to enjoy interative activities and learn through experimental learning which is a belief shared throughout WMG and the teachings on the MSc courses.

After the event, I asked Hadi to summarise for me how he felt about the day; “For me, the best thing about hosting this event was transferring knowledge to the young generation to help them to excel in life and achieve their dreams”

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There were al so several positive comments from attendees including Lina from Jordan University of Science and Technology who said

"Many thanks for the amazing workshop , Dr. Hadi
It was a unique engaging presentation in all different sessions , one that made me stay and listen even for the parts that i wasn't planning to attend earlier . Warwick University seems like a wonderful place anyone would dream of being a part of , and any dream is a plan for reality"

or Ayman who said that "Dr. Hadi inspired us to be the "BEST". Extremely powerful workshop, Thanks is not enough for you Dr. Hadi."

To see more information, photos and comments about the event, please visit the event's page on facebook.

If you attended the event, we would love to hear your thoughts about the day so please feel free to leave us your comments!

Attendee notes Jordon with BC Support. Female Attendees


May 10, 2012

Educational days and Arabian nights in Morocco


It's the evening of the 7th May. As I write this, I'm watching the beautiful blue skies display an array of pinks, reds and oranges as the dimming daylight sun begins to set over the bustling Medina of Marrakech; monkeys, snake charmers, the smells of the sweet spices of arabic food, and the many wares on offer surround me, as I drink my mint tea and feel the warm sun as I absorb the culture. Hello Morocco!


But no I'm not on holiday, just grabbing a spare hour in my busy schedule! it's been a busy few days here in Morocco. This is WMG's and Warwick's first visit to Morroco and we're delighted to be here this May to talk to and welcome prospectives students at the A2 Education fairs in Casablanca and Marrakech. It is great to see so many Moroccon students looking to broaden their horizons through education in the UK. In addition to counselling students, my colleaue Emily Lim and I also gave a presentation about 'Study in the UK'. If you missed it, you can view it here.

Education is becoming increasingly important as competition in the working world increases, and an education in the UK can really give you edge, whether you want to start your career back in Morocco or even abroad. WMG offer one year Masters courses in the UK and are ready to accept applications from students in Morocco completing their undergraduate degree. Our MSc's in Engineering Business Management , e-Business Management and Cyber Security proved to be particularly popular at the A2 fairs in Casablanca and Marrakech. But there are many more fascinating courses available so do look at your options.

There is so much to be gained from studying in the UK in addition to your degree. The lifestyle and the culture is a comfortable experience of the western world. So come try a sunday roast, smell the fresh air, marvel at the beauty of winter snow, experience the royals and increase your language skills to take you places in the future. Come meet us at WMG and experience what puts the 'Great' in 'Great Britain'.


If you have any questions or met me or Emily at the A2 exhibitions, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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April 12, 2012

A Student Perspective by WMG Graduate Surya Saha

Recently, at a WMG Open Day, I had the pleasure of meeting WMG Alumnus Surya Saha, a recent WMG MSc graduate from India. Surya was delighted to share his story and talk about his experiences at WMG...

Surya Saha
"I would always say choosing WMG for my masters was the best intelligent decision I have ever made. The course that I enrolled on was the MSc in Management for Business Excellence, the reason behind this was my focus towards quality and excellence in business as a whole.

For me, my journey in WMG was extraordinary. The mixture of opportunities was too good to miss and most importantly I never felt isolated. Doing a Masters is hard work but there was always support. There are personal tutors who act as mentors, supervisors who are extremely helpful and supportive throughout one’s project and other staff who are there to listen. The most important thing that I want to highlight is every student is valued and recognized in WMG. Everyone’s ideas are heard and there is always someone to help share those ideas and knowledge further. According to me I would say that this is one of the greatest strengths of WMG - to share and support knowledge in its research and academic excellence.

Regarding academic teaching, the MSc course structure is designed with a combination of modules, simulations and a dissertation. It provides a very innovative and collaborative way of learning to develop one’s skills and competencies. The way of teaching is mostly based on a practical approach including giving presentations, working through case studies of real business scenarios and visiting companies to see first hand operations within industry. This gives a robust understanding of knowledge that is integrated with real life experience. I think it has given me a lot of scope to learn and be proactive in continuing to learn. This entire approach of teaching has lot to offer for the future.

The research work in WMG, I guess its self explanatory. It’s the only centre in the UK that has received recognition for its excellence and contribution towards various industries all over the globe. The department is full of talents and the main thing that I have learned from them is to continuously learn.

As a proud alumnus, I would always tell people that I was and I am being valued by WMG throughout. As a graduate I still receive support and guidance from WMG. For example, I initiated a business quiz social event in 2012 after I became an alumni and I am really thankful to the management in supporting me to conduct this event which was successfully received and I am looking forward to continue this so that I can keep myself involved with WMG to help spread knowledge and encourage students to create a better future.

For students considering coming to WMG, I would say ‘go for it’. There are so many opportunities. It’s a place of innovation, ideas and encouragement."

If you have any questions for Surya or you are also a MSc graduate, feel free to leave us a comment to ask your question or share your experience.


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