Decisions and choices, student life and Key higher education differences. With St Mary’s University, the University of Essex and Hello Future.

Event speakers

Hannah Pears, Area Manager, Hello Future, Uni Connect – Decisions and making great higher education choices

Perry James, Student Recruitment and Marketing Assistant, University of Essex – Student life at University

Meg Griessel, Student Recruitment Officer (Schools & Colleges), St Mary’s University, Twickenham - University and School – the key differences.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays who touches upon the guidance and help provided to students to help them make good choices when considering university. This is followed by three guest speakers who each talk about different aspects of university.

Session 1: Decisions and making great higher education choices

The first guest speaker is Hannah Pears, the Area Manager at Hello future who provides information on degree apprenticeships as a route into higher education. This not only helps to build towards a degree, but also opens doors for job opportunities. She speaks in detail on what they are, which sectors they are available in and the different types on offer to help everyone who feels this is the right choice for them. It is important to bear in mind that all degree apprenticeships will be different and will vary from place to place in the country, and this is touched upon in the session. Hannah also shares key websites that will help you to decide which university is right for you. It is vital to narrow your search, so it is specific to you and Hannah talks about the best ways to do this virtually. Having to decide which university is best for you can understandably be a difficult process. To slim this down and make things easier, she shares the best ways you can do this through making the most of virtual open days, virtual resources, other people’s perspectives, and downloadable choice guides.

Session 2: Student life at university

The second guest speaker is Perry James, the Student Recruitment and Marketing Assistant at the University of Essex. He speaks about student life at university and what to expect before starting in September. Being at university is not only about enhancing your academic knowledge but also about getting good experiences and meeting a diverse range of people. Perry discusses how to make the most of your time at university and building up strong networks. He also shares statistical figures with regards to employment after you graduate and touches upon the issue of whether most jobs are achievable with any degree. One of the most important things you will develop at university is skills which can be transferred to almost all jobs and Perry speaks about what these are. Perry states that being prepared for university life requires you to understand the changes that take place with the way you are taught, and how this is very different from college/sixth form teaching. He also touches upon day-to-day life at university ranging from the type of accommodation you choose to the support you will receive as a student. Finally, he speaks about ways to enhance your experiences whilst at university and making the most of this time. There are a range of options you can explore -such as travelling, being a part of unions and societies or even undertaking part-time work.

Session 3: University and school – the key differences

The third guest speaker is Meg Griessel, the Student Recruitment Officer at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She talks about the key differences between college/sixth form and university. As a student, you will experience new teaching methods at university, but the most important thing to develop is your ability to study independently. Meg expands upon the different ways you will be taught and how this varies from course to course and university to university. She explains the different ways you can start to develop your ability to study independently before university starts and the best methods to practice this skill. Finally, she goes on to discredit myths about university and ends with discussing placements at university.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:00

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