MBA Global student Sri talks about all areas of her studies at the University from, work placements, student money to accommodation.
What made you choose USW?
Firstly, the beautiful town of Treforest and the huge campus attracted me. Secondly, the course I studied confirmed I made the right choice by choosing USW.
Why did you choose postgraduate study?
I always wanted to pursue a Masters degree in the UK. I love learning so, stopping at an undergraduate degree was never in my mind. My enthusiasm for learning more about business made me choose MBA Global for my postgraduate course.
What are the highlights of the course?
The best part of MBA Global is the placement. What makes it stand out from the regular MBA is that after one year of learning the modules theoretically, we get an opportunity to put knowledge into practice through undertaking a placement. It’s a hands-on work experience for nine months before we step into the corporate world.
What have you learned?
I've gained leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Through the placement, we are trained on applying for jobs and attending interviews. These skills have made me more employable.
Tell us about your work placement.
Currently, I'm four months into my placement as a Business Analyst Intern in a start-up business based in London.
How have you found blended learning?
The course lecturers have made blended learning very easy for us. Even though the classes were held online, lecturers were always available through emails, guiding us through every bit of the course.
Was it easy to stay in touch with course mates and lecturers?
Our lecturers made learning as interactive as possible. We were given group assignments and projects, which allowed us to stay in touch, even though we could not meet physically. We supported each other mentally during the tough times. We were able to empathize with each other, which helped a lot.
Did you study around other commitments?
I started studying straight after my undergraduate course. The University is so good it's manageable for students to juggle their families with studying.
How did you find the fees and funding process?
The course fees are very reasonable for the quality of education we get. The funding process is great, as scholarships are given to most students based on their previous academic and professional experiences. The money advice team responds to every inquiry within 24 hours. They have a solution for every money-related problem.
Did you attend a University Open Day?
I attended a University Open Day, and I really recommend it, as it's a good opportunity for prospective students to interact directly with the course lecturers. You'll get all your course-related questions answered.
Tell us about the location of the University.
I was based at Treforest, which is a beautiful town close to Cardiff. The campus is located in between huge mountains and luscious greenery. This place can make anyone fall in love with it. I love everything about Treforest Campus.
Which support services have you accessed?
Many services help students build their CVs and become job-ready, such as Student Circus.
Student development and study skills services provide extra help to students struggling with their assignments and exams.
The service which helped me the most is the USW online library service. The tool FINDit has so many books, research papers, e-books, videos and journals. It helped me with all the research required to complete assignments. I highly recommend that students take advantage of this free tool provided by the University.
How have you got involved in the social life at USW?
Unfortunately, I couldn't go to any events physically, but I've attended a few social gatherings at the Student Hub. Students from different courses, countries, and cultures interact with each other and share their experiences. The Student Hub is always full of positive energy. I'm also a Student Ambassador and a UniBuddy Ambassador for the University.
Where have you lived?
I lived in the University student halls, and I highly recommend it to anyone who prefers privacy (you get a room and bathroom to yourself). The accommodation office is open 24/7, and security is great. There's a common kitchen for every floor, which is shared by five others. I made few amazing friends during my stay!
What are your future plans?
After graduating, I hope to work with one of the top UK companies as a Business Analyst. I'm working on enhancing the required skill set to pursue my dream role.